Funding for partnership projects

Our Built Environment and Natural Environment Partnership Grants Schemes are now open for 2020.

We are welcoming online Expressions of Interest for BOTH themes for between £250,000 and £750,000 for large-scale projects of regional or national significance.

In a change from 2019, both themes will be considered by the board in both rounds.

Built Environment projects should aim to restore, modernise and improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres to engage and encourage tourists and/or day visitors. The facility should be inclusive and inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation.

Natural Environment projects should aim to restore or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it. Projects should be working to Biodiversity 2020, A Strategy for England’s Wildlife and Ecosystem Services, its successor, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target.


Round One Deadline

Online Expression of Interest submission: 17 April 2020
Funding decision to be made: August 2020


Round Two Deadline

Online Expression of Interest submission: 7 August 2020
Funding decision to be made: December 2020

Preference will be given to projects:

  • in which Biffa Award is the majority funder
  • which work in partnership with other organisations
  • which engage with people through improving their knowledge of the asset


General Criteria

  • 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 cannot apply or enrol.
  • Applications must be for between £250,000 – £750,000.
  • Each 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.
  • Each project site must also within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site. To find your nearest landfill site, telephone the regulator Entrust on 01926 488300.
  • If you’re not the landowner you must have a signed landowner agreement in place agreeing to access for maintenance, surveying and monitoring for a period of not less than 25 years.
  • There must be a minimum of 104 days of 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.
  • Staff costs must not exceed 7.5% of the deliverable capital elements.


Specifically for Natural Environment projects:

  • Projects must be working to Biodiversity 2020 – England Biodiversity Strategy to reduce biodiversity loss, its successor, or  a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target. See 25 year environment plan.
  • Research will not be funded.
  • There must be a management plan in place for the key species/habitat(s) involved for each site.

Please note that it is unlikely the Board will consider applications for projects on a site that have already received Biffa Award funding in the last 10 years.

To find out more download our Guidance Notes.


Am I Eligible?


I live within 10 miles of an active Landfill site.

Locations Near Me
Unfortunately you are not eligible for a grant from Biffa Award