Biffa Award: Main Grants

Community Buildings/Halls Environmental Local Grants Sports

Biffa Award’s Main Grants Scheme awards grants (through the Landfill Communities Fund) to projects that provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces, cultural facilities, and places for outdoor recreation.

You may have a building that needs improvement in order to increase the range of services on offer to the local community. You could have a site-based project that is working to protect and enhance a species or habitat. Or maybe it’s an open space such as a park, play area or woodland that needs transforming to benefit local people of all ages.

The eligibility criteria for the Main Grants Scheme vary slightly depending on the theme under which you are applying for funding.

The main criteria for Community Buildings and Recreation projects are:

  • The total cost of the project is less than £200,000
  • There will be a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year
  • Biffa Award will fund new cricket net facilities, but we are unable to fund cricket net refurbishments.
  • Any Biffa Award grant will be used for site-based improvement work, not for equipment or running costs
  • Biffa Award is unable to fund requests to help an existing facility meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act
  • Biffa Award is unable to fund retrospectively, so you should only apply for funding for work that will take place in the future
  • The applicant organisation and project are eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme’s regulator, ENTRUST. These will be conditions of any grant approved. Please note that organisations must be not for profit. Local authorities cannot apply or enrol

In addition to those above, the criteria for Rebuilding Biodiversity projects are:

  • The project has specific targets in relation to a Biodiversity Action Plan and will deliver a direct improvement to biodiversity
  • Your organisation has the support of key agencies, and has partners involved in the project’s delivery
  • There is a management plan in place for the key species / habitat(s) involved

Applicants can apply for between £10,000 and £75,000 however, you will need to find a third party contributor(s) to provide 10% of the grant you are applying for (Contributing Third Party payment).

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme. The Biffa Award Board meets four times annually – February, May, July and November. Biffa Award applications are a two stage process:

  • Stage One: Expression of Interest. A response can take up to six months to be received. Successful applicants will then be invited to Stage Two.
  • Stage Two: Full application

For further information and how to apply please click here.

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