The year 2023 will see Biffa Award celebrate its 25th year of funding vital community and biodiversity projects across the United Kingdom.
Since 1997, Biffa Award has funded more than 3,400 amazing cultural, community and biodiversity projects worth a staggering £189million throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although Biffa Award can no longer support projects in Scotland and Wales, it does continue to support many projects throughout England and Northern Ireland.
In celebration of this landmark event, Biffa Award is inviting Expressions of Interest from charitable organisations for a one-off grant of up to £2.5million. We are looking for one exciting, innovative and regionally, nationally or internationally significant project that will leave a lasting legacy for the next 25 years through one or both of the following themes.
The project will create, restore, modernise an improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centre to engage and encourage tourists and or day visitors. The facility should be inclusive and inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation.
The project will restore and or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it. The project will be expected to be working to Biodiversity 2020: A Strategy for England’s Wildlife and Ecosystem Services, its successor, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan.
Projects that cross over with both cultural and biodiversity themes are welcomed.
Submission of Expressions of Interest: 12 noon 15 June 2022
Notification of outcome: July 2022
Final funding decision (if invited forward to full application): November 2022
Please note that preference will be given to projects:
- where Biffa Award is the majority funder
- which work in partnership with other organisations
- which engage with people through improving their knowledge of the asset
- The applicant organisation and project must be eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme regulator, ENTRUST. This will be a condition of any grant approved
- Organisations must be not for profit. Local authorities, hospices, hospitals, day-care centres, rehabilitation units, residential care facilities and school cannot apply
- Application value up to £2.5million
- The project site must be within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa landfill site. Check your project’s postcode using the Postcode Checker below
- The project site must also be within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site. To find your nearest landfill site, telephone the regulator Entrust on 01926 488300.
- All shortfall funding must be secured
- If the organisation does not own the project site: A fully signed lease with at least 25 years remaining must be in place for Cultural A fully signed landowner agreement, giving permission to access the site for maintenance, surveying and monitoring for at least 25 years, post completion of the project, must be in place for Biodiversity applications
- There must be a minimum of 104 days of published and full public access to the project per year
- Any Biffa Award grant must 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
- 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
- If planning permission is required, it must have been granted prior to an Expression of Interest being submitted
- Red Book Valuation at stage two will be required for any land purchase applications
Specifically for Biodiversity Environment projects:
- Research will not be funded
- There must be a management plan in place for the key species/habitat(s) involved for the site
If you are interested in applying for Biffa Award 25 funding, please read our Guidance Notes.