Biffa Partnership Grants Programme – corrected version

This is the amended version of the main article featured in Friday’s grant bulletin, updated to clarify that a key eligibility criteria is that:

o 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, and
o 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.

BIFFA PARTNERSHIP GRANTS PROGRAMME – Capital grants between £250,000 and £750,000 for not-for-profit organisations in England and Northern Ireland that are within 15 miles of an active Biffa landfill site looking to improve a built or natural environment of regional or national significance.

Application deadlines: Friday 17 April and Friday 7 August 2020.
Funder: Biffa Group Limited (Biffa Group Limited is a Private Limited Company (Company number 06409675) and landfill site operator).
Who can apply: not-for-profit organisations in England and Northern Ireland.

Not-for-profit organisations operating within 15 miles of an active Biffa landfill site or operation, and located within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site (as the crow flies) and seeking to improve the built or natural environment, you may be eligible to apply for a capital grant of between £250,000 and £750,000 from the Biffa Partnerships Grants programme.

Biffa sites are located across England and Northern Ireland. An interactive map providing details of Biffa operations can be found at this LINK. There’s also a postcode checker on the Biffa website. In the South West of England major sites can be found at Bristol, Didcot, Gloucester, Highbridge, Newton Abbot, Roche, Swindon, Tavistock and Cornwall.

We have a spreadsheet of all landfill sites in England in the GRIN office. If you’d like to check whether your project is within the 15 miles radius of a Biffa landfill site or significant operation, email the project postcode to us at and we’ll check for you.

To find out whether your project is within 10 /15 miles of a site, there’s an easy to use distance mapper at

Projects must:

o Be located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa Landfill site and
be located within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site (not necessarily owned by Biffa Group Limited) in England and Northern Ireland.
o Have a project site open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year.
o If not the landowner, have a signed landowner agreement in place agreeing to access for maintenance, surveying and monitoring for a period of not less than 25 years, and
o Have a management plan in place for the key species/habitat(s) involved for each site, if applying for a Natural Environment themed grant.

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations that meet either of the following two themes:

1. The Built Environment – applications made under this theme should aim to restore, modernise and improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres.
Facilities should aim to educate and engage the public, as well as providing and encouraging community enjoyment and involvement. Projects are expected to be of national or regional significance and make a significant impact on the quality of life within the specified area. It might be a theatre, gallery, museum, concert hall, arts or heritage centre, lighthouse, windmill etc, open to the public for published periods each year (minimum of 104 days) and attracting tourists or day visitors. The facility should be inclusive, and inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation. It should offer the widest, most appropriate forms of access to the project site, collections, expertise and facilities, whilst overcoming physical, intellectual, cultural and financial barriers its visitors may have. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate a strong element of public access or inclusion, such as volunteer involvement.

2. The Natural Environment – applications made under this theme should aim to restore or improve the natural environment. Land purchase may be considered in some circumstances. Projects must be working to Biodiversity 2020: a strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem service, its successor, as agreed in the 25 year plan, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target.
The Natural Environment theme supports a variety of living things and includes all species of plants and animals and the natural systems (or habitats) that support them. It is important that they are protected and that the environment can adapt to threats such as climate change. If considered, projects invited forward for land purchase must be able to demonstrate the benefits to biodiversity as well as other previously mentioned considerations defined above, including legal stipulations and value for money. Preference will be given to projects that have a strong element of public access or inclusion, such as volunteer involvement.

Please note: projects where (a) Biffa is the major funding source, (b) can demonstrate partnership working with other organisations and (c) improve public awareness of the importance of the facility will be prioritised.

There is a match funding contribution requirement for landfill grants. Applicants must find a third party contributor (note this can’t be the applicant) who must provide 10% of the project cost.

Funding is not available for:

o Projects on sites that are owned and or maintained by borough, county, city, district, parish or town councils, unless a formal lease, with a minimum term of no less than 25 years, is formally in place with the applicant.
o Research and surveys for Natural Environment projects.
o Individuals, profit-making or local government organisations (including Community Councils) and organisations that are not able to register as an Environmental Body with the regulator ENTRUST.
o Projects where no formal lease in place.
o Projects with less than 25 years remaining on a formal lease.
o Projects more than 15 miles from a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or Biffa Group Limited landfill site.
o Projects more than 10 miles from a licensed landfill site (owned by any company).
o Core costs of an organisation, office equipment and furniture or, elements that directly benefit staff.
o Improvements to car parks, offices or services.
o Alterations to buildings in order to meet Disability Discrimination Act requirements.
o Items of personal kit or equipment, for example, sports shirts, cricket gloves.
o Portable items that will not be permanently kept at the address listed as the project location.
o Projects in school buildings or on school grounds, on the premises of hospitals, hospices, medical centres, day-care centres, charity offices, or for allotments.
o Sports related projects eg, floodlighting, pitches, changing rooms, cricket nets.
o Projects which are for fencing.
o Events, excursions, CDs and websites, publications and marketing materials.
o Church fabric repairs, for example to bell towers and church spires.
o Storage containers.
o Feasibility studies, tender costs, building consents or recruitment costs.
o Enhancement of town or village centres, eg signage, seating, dog waste bins and seasonal bulbs.
o Energy saving or green technology based projects which have a derived income, eg solar panels.
o Retrospective funding – work that has already taken place before any grant has been awarded, or
o Applications for projects on sites that have received Biffa Award funding in the last 10 years.

The next application deadlines are:

o Friday 17 April, and
o Friday 7 August 2020.

There is a two-stage application process for this scheme: an online Expression of Interest (EoI) form followed by a full application.

Further information is available on the Biffa website.

Contact details for the programme are:

The Biffa Grants Team
Biffa Award
The Wildlife Trusts
The Kiln, Waterside
Mather Road
NG24 1WT
Tel: 01636 670000