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Main Grants Scheme
What is it?
Under this scheme, we look to award grants 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. In a nutshell, we want to make sure that everyone has access to high quality local community facilities.

Over the years, Biffa Award has awarded funding to hundreds of projects. We receive a continuously high number of applications, resulting in strong competition.

How much can I apply for?
You can apply for between £10,000 and £75,000.

You will need to find a third party contributor(s) to provide 10% of the grant you are applying for. What's this?

Am I eligible?
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, Recreation and Cultural Facilities projects are:

The project's site is within 5 miles of a significant Biffa operation or within 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site. Check your project’s postcode using the Postcode Checker
The project's site is also within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site (To find your nearest landfill site, visit the Environment Agency website)
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
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's site is within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation. Check your project’s postcode using the Postcode Checker
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

How do I apply?
Please click here to check your eligibility and apply online. This scheme operates a rolling application process, allowing you to apply at anytime.