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Biffa Awards 2015 shortlist announced
18 August 2015
Biffa Award is pleased to announce the results of its shortlisting phase for this year’s Biffa Awards – the annual awards ceremony which recognises the people who transform their communities and improve the environment through Biffa Award funded projects.

Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.  Each year, projects completing within the previous financial year are invited to enter a unique awards scheme to recognise and reward the people behind the projects who work hard to bring communities together and make a lasting difference to their local areas and the environment.

Projects are invited to enter the Biffa Awards in one of five categories – Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants. This year, more than 240 projects were eligible to enter the Awards, and a total of 19 projects have made it onto the shortlist.

The 19 finalists will now have to impress a team of judges who will visit the projects to help them decide on the winners in each category.  Category winners at the Awards will receive a trophy and prize money of £1,500, which can be used to further develop their project.  Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2015, receiving a further £1,000 prize.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 1 at Coventry Transport Museum, Coventry.

The 2015 Biffa Award finalists include projects from across England, Wales & Northern Ireland. They are:



Community Buildings


  • Village Hall Refurbishment, Sicklinghall Village Hall, Wetherby, North Yorkshire
  • Extension to Shelley Village Hall, Shelley Community Association,  Huddersfield
  • Rawfuture, Raw Material Music & Media Education Centre, Brixton, London
  • Operation Heartbeat, Harmston Memorial Hall, Lincoln

Cultural Facilities



  • Quorn Goods Yard Enhancement, The David Clarke Railway Trust, Loughborough
  • Lavenham Guildhall Representation, The National Trust, Sudbury, Suffolk
  • Improving community facilities, Chapter (Cardiff) Ltd, Cardiff

Rebuilding Biodiversity

  • Parc Slip Biodiversity & Community Engagement Project, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, Brigend
  • Conserving the Painswick Valley’s rare Butterflies, Butterfly Conservation, Stroud, Gloucestershire
  • Water Vole Reintroduction at Magor Marsh, Gwent Wildlife Trust
  • Returning Eden’s Meadows, Kent Wildlife Trust

Recreation 

  • Pool Piece ‘Village Green’ improvement scheme, Community Voluntary Action, Ledbury and District, Herefordshire.
  • Canal Wood – Enhancement for Everyone, Woodland Trust, Armagh
  • Multi Use Games Area, The Friends of Bilbrook, West Midlands
  • All weather cricket nets, Glasshoughton Cricket Club, Castleford

Small Grants
 

  • Community centre refurbishment, Bierley Community Association Ltd, Bradford
  • Gallery and events space refurbishment, Birmingham Open Media
  • Tattershall Carrs – benefitting bats, Woodland Trust, Lincolnshire
  • Focus on health and safety (kitchen), Elsing Memorial Village Hall, Dereham, Norfolk

Please visit our
Extraordinary Stories section to read about each project.