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Biffa Award - Partnership Grants Scheme

Thu 11 Mar 2021

Application Deadline: 01 June 2021

Large grants are available for not-for-profit organisations that are looking to improve a built or natural environment of regional or national significance and located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or active Biffa Landfill site in England or Northern Ireland.

Grants of between £250,000 and £750,000 are available for work that starts in February 2022 and finish within one year.

The Partnership Grants Scheme is provided by Biffa Award, which started in 1997 when Biffa Group Ltd donated its landfill tax credits to the Wildlife Trusts to administer under the fund name Biffa Award.

The funding is for not-for-profit projects that address one of the following themes:

  • The Built Environment theme aims to restore, modernise and improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres to engage and encourage tourists and/or day visitors. The facility should be inclusive and inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation.
  • The Natural Environment theme aims to restore or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it. Projects must be working to Biodiversity 2020: a strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services , its successor, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target.

Preference will be given to projects:

  • Where Biffa Award is the majority funder.
  • That work in partnership with other organisations.
  • That engage with people through improving their knowledge of the asset.

Expressions of interest are currently being accepted for both Built Environment and Natural Environment themes. The deadline for online Expression of Interest is noon on 1 June 2021 with funding decisions to be made in mid November 2021.

Not-for-profit organisations in England and Northern Ireland can apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa Landfill site.
  • Be located within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site (not necessarily owned by Biffa Group Limited) in England and Northern Ireland.
  • Have a project site open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year.
  • Have, if not the landowner, a signed landowner agreement in place agreeing to access for maintenance, surveying and monitoring for a period of not less than 25 years.
  • Have a management plan in place for the key species/habitat(s) involved for each site, if applying for a Natural Environment themed grant.

Applicants should check their project location's eligibility using Biffa Awards Postcode Checker which can be found on the Biffa Award's website.

Groups and their projects must be eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme regulator ENTRUST. There will be conditions of any grant approved.

The funding is to be used for site-based improvement work, not for movable equipment, staff core costs or storage facilities.

The majority of costs must be direct capital delivery work.

Projects should be in a position to start work as soon as possible, once a formal offer agreement has been issued.

Projects must address one of the following themes:

  • Built Environment projects should restore, modernise and/or improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres. The facility should be inclusive and promote learning, curiosity and participation to large numbers of visitors on a national scale.
  • An Expression of Interest submitted under this theme should aim to restore, modernise and improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres to engage and encourage tourists and/or day visitors. The facility should be inclusive and inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation.
  • Natural Environment projects should restore and/or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it. Projects should be working to Biodiversity 202: A Strategy for England’s Wildlife and Ecosystem Services, its predecessor or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

An Expression of Interest submitted under this theme should support a variety of living things including species of plants and animals and the natural systems and habitats that support them. Grants to cover the purchase of land to protect it in perpetuity, create or extend an ecosystem, or to secure vital habitats for the future, promoting nature’s recovery, are welcome.

Applications should not cross over the two themes.

Preference will be given to projects:

  • In which BIffa Award is the majority funder.
  • Which work in partnership with othrer organisations.
  • Which engage with people through improving their knowledge of the asset.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants are required to find a third party contributor for 10% of the amount being applied for.

Preference may be given to projects in which Biffa Award is the majority funder or projects that have already secured any match funding needed to deliver the project.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals, profit-making or local government organisations (including Community Councils) and organisations that are not able to register as an Environmental Body with the regulator ENTRUST.
  • Projects on sites that are owned and or maintained by borough, county, city, district, parish or town councils, unless a formal lease, with a minimum term of no less than 25 years, is formally in place with the applicant.
  • Projects where no formal lease in place.
  • Projects with less than 25 years remaining on a formal lease.
  • Projects more than 15 miles from a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or Biffa Group Limited landfill site.
  • Projects more than 10 miles from a licensed landfill site (owned by any company).
  • Car parks
  • Offices
  • New supplies, including gas and electricity
  • Elements to meet Disability
  • Discrimination Act requirements
  • Portable items
  • Furniture
  • Fencing (unless part of a Natural Environment application)
  • Events and workshops
  • Websites
  • Publications
  • Marketing materials
  • Storage
  • Feasibility studies
  • Research
  • Tender costs
  • Building consents
  • Planning applications
  • Preliminaries
  • Recruitment costs
  • Solar panels
  • Work that has already taken place

Application Procedure

There is a two-stage application process in place. Applicants should check the eligibilty of their project using the postcode checker on the Biffa Award website and, if eligible, will then be able complete the online expression of interest form.

Groups that are successful at this initial stage will be invited to submit a full application.

Contact Biffa Award for further information.