What is Biffa Award?

Biffa Award is part of the Landfill Communities Fund, giving grants to projects that seek to improve their local communities. We put new roofs on village halls, create bio-diverse habitats and give children a place to play.

Biffa Award is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. As well as operating as an 
umbrella group for the 46 local Wildlife Trusts that have been formed across the UK, RSWT 
has a dedicated Grants Team that manages a number of different funds, covering broad 
environmental themes. The team does this on behalf of organisations, such as Biffa Group 
Limited, The National Lottery Community Fund, Peoples Postcode Lottery and Network 
Rail. If you want to contact a member of the team directly, you can do so here.

Landfill Communities Fund
The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with Entrust as Distributive Environmental Bodies (DEBs).  DEBs provide funding to fully constituted, charitable or not for profit organisations with no share capital for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites.  

LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 5.3%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.

Since its inception in 1996, over £1.6 billion has been spent on more than 65,000 projects across the UK.  For further information please visit Entrust's website or see HMRC’s guide to landfill tax. 

Our funding themes
We have four themes - Community Buildings, Recreation, Rebuilding Biodiversity and Cultural Facilities. Your project must fit in one of these themes.

Each category has its own unique criteria, so once you have decided which theme your project fits into, you will need to read the criteria for the relevant theme - Community Buildings, Recreation, Rebuilding Biodiversity and Cultural Facilities.

If you are unsure about which theme your project fits into, have a look at some of the previous projects that we have funded here - Community Buildings, Recreation and Rebuilding Biodiversity

What we fund

We fund a variety of different projects - everything from re-roofing a community hall or installing a new play park to creating wetlands for wildlife or new habitats for pollinators. 

We are passionate about building communities and transforming lives, so if your project will benefit your local community and you are based near a landfill site, we would love to help you. 

Your organisation must be fully constituted, charitable or not for profit with no share capital.  

We do not accept applications from local authorities, councils, hospices, hospitals, day-care centres, rehabilitation units, residential care facilities, allotments, nurseries, food banks, and schools/colleges.  

Applications for projects in places of worship must be able to demonstrate wider community use and benefit. We cannot fund repairs to windows, spires, steeples, bell towers or any areas not accessed by the public for regular wider community activities. 

Please have a look at our  Frequently Asked Questions if you are still unsure whether we can fund your project.