We are currently accepting expressions of interest in our Partnership Grants Scheme for both Built Environment and Natural Environment themes.
In a change from previous years, there will only be one deadline for expressions of interest this year – 1 June 2021, with both themes being considered by the board at the same time.
Built Environment projects should restore, modernise and/or improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres. The facility should be inclusive and promote learning, curiosity and participation to large numbers of visitors on a national scale.
Natural Environment projects should restore and/or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it. Projects should be working to Biodiversity 202: A Strategy for England’s Wildlife and Ecosystem Services, its predecessor or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan.
If you are interested in applying for Partnership Grants Scheme funding, please read our Guidance Notes before completing and submitting your online Expression of Interest.
Online Expression of Interest submission: Noon 1 June 2021
Funding decision to be made: Mid-November 2021
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
- 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
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.