Landfill Community Fund

The Landfill Community Fund presents funding opportunities across the country for projects that benefit the local community. The scheme allows operators of landfill sites to donate 5.1% of their landfill tax liability to various projects they feel are worthwhile. They can reclaim 90% of their tax liabilities as tax credit which can be donated in the form of grants. The catch is that each operator requests that the project must take place within a certain distance from one of their landfill sites. The distance varies between operators but can range between 3 and 10 miles. Locations of their landfill sites can be found on each landfill site operator’s website.

Here are some of the landfill site operators that are participating in the scheme:

Biffa Award

Biffa run a small grants and a main grants scheme for community projects.

The small grants scheme awards between £250 and £10,000.
The main grants scheme awards between £10,000 and £50,000.

The four main themes that are funded are:

  • Community Facilities: Biffa Award aims to provide and improve community buildings such as village halls, community centres and church halls to act as mechanisms for community involvement. 
  • Cultural Facilities: As its primary purpose, a cultural facility will offer public access for recreation, interest and education. It might be a theatre, gallery, museum, concert hall, arts or heritage centre, lighthouse, windmill etc, open to the public for published periods each year and attracting tourists or day visitors. 
  • Recreation: Examples of projects that fall under this category are green spaces, woodland walks, nature reserves, play areas, community gardens and sports facilities such as pavilions, clubhouses.
  • Rebuilding Biodiversity: Biodiversity is the variety of living things and includes all species of plants and animals and the natural systems (or habitats) that support them. The Panel will give preference to projects under this theme that have a strong element of public access or inclusion, such as volunteer involvement.

All projects must be within 10 miles of a Biffa Waste Services Operation and a landfill site to be eligible.  This can be checked using their online Postcode Checker.


CEMEX is one of the UK’s largest building material companies. It seeks to help balance their impacts by making a positive contribution to people and the environment.

There are two application rounds per year, when grants ranging from £1,000 to £15,000 are awarded to projects which improve or enhance local community facilities and places of interest, primarily within the areas of conservation and heritage.

To qualify for a grant, projects need to be located within 10 miles or less of a landfill site. You can check the eligible locations here.

Cory Environmental Trust

Cory Environmental fund community projects that are within 10 miles of a Cory Environmental landfill site. In the past grants have ranged from £5,000 to £80,000.

Types of projects that can be funded include:

  • The remediation of contaminated land.
  • Prevention of pollution.
  • Community improvement schemes.
  • Restoration of the built environment, including historic or religious buildings.
  • Facilitating work with species and habitats through biodiversity conservation.

Mick George Community Fund

The Mick George Community Fund provides grants of between £5,000 and £50,000, although it states that it is unlikely that individual grants over £35,000 will be made.

They will fund projects in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire but you will have to check their online eligibility map to ensure your project falls within their eligible areas within these three counties.

The types of areas they will fund are: village halls, village greens, public playgrounds, sports fields and facilities, nature reserves, community centres, cycle paths and country parks.

Applications can only be submitted via their online application process. Their website contains more information and the latest deadlines for applications.

Sita Trust

Sita Trust provide capital funding for physical improvements to community facilities.

The Trust give grants between £1 and £60,000, although 11% of the money must be made up from third parties.

The project must be within 3 miles of a SITA UK waste site to be eligible. You can use their Postcode Checker to check your eligibility.

Fast Track - Sita Trust's Fast Track Fund provides grants of up to £20,000, available to not-for-profit organisations with a community leisure amenity improvement project that has an overall cost of no more than £40,000. Applicants will find out whether their application has been successful within 60 days of the application deadline date.

Veolia Environmental Trust

Veolia Environmental Trust give out grants of up to £100,000.

Eligible purposes include:

  • Capital improvement projects.
  • Reclamation of land and remediation of pollution.
  • Conservation of biodiversity.
  • Public amenity projects.

The project must be in the proximity of a qualifying Veolia facility which can be checked via their website. Use the online Postcode Checker to confirm eligibility.


WREN run a small grants and a main grants scheme for community projects.

The small grants scheme awards between £2,000 and £15,000. Click here for the full list of eligible projects under the small grants scheme.

The main grants scheme awards between £15,001 and £75,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other public amenity in the vicinity of a landfill site.

WREN also has a Heritage Fund which is able to fund the repair, maintenance or restoration of a building or structure of architectural or historic importance including places of worship. It awards grants between £15,001 and £75,000.

To view the eligible areas in which the project must take place please visit the Area Eligibility page.

Additional Information

For more information about the Landfill Community Fund please visit Entrust.

Visit the website and thoroughly read the guidelines and application deadlines before beginning an application to familiarise yourself with each schemes eligibility criteria. The above information is only a summary of each fund.

Please Note:

Many grant-making bodies have strict criteria relating to applications, specifying that an organisation or charity can only apply once or receive a grant within a specified amount of time.

It is crucial that you notify IWA's Fundraising Officer of all grant applications made.