Submit Applications for Biffa Award’s Partnership Grants Scheme

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Friday, August 7, 2020
United Kingdom

Detailed Description

Do you have an exciting project that will inspire generations, attract huge visitor numbers or help wildlife to survive and thrive? If yes, then apply Now for the Biffa Award’s Partnership Grants Scheme.

Biffa Award’s Partnership Grants Scheme is aimed at organisations that need funding to improve either the built or natural environment which is of regional or national significance. They provide funding for site based capital expenditure to create or improve an amenity or habitat for biodiversity.


They are looking for large-scale Built Environment projects that are inspirational, creative and innovative, attracting in excess of tens of thousands of visitors each year, and significant Natural Environment projects that protect, enhance and safeguard habitats or species.

Built Environment

  • The Built Environment theme aims to restore, modernise and improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres.
  • These 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.

Natural Environment

  • The Natural Environment theme aims 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 services; its successor, as agreed in the 25 year plan; or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target. Research will not be funded. The 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. They will ask you to submit a list of habitat types and species being conserved or protected through project delivery. 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. Projects which fall within this description will be registered under the ENTRUST category DA.

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

Funding Information

Between £250,000 and £750,000 can be awarded for projects that are within 15 miles of a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or active Biffa Landfill site.


  • 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.
  • Each project site must be within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa landfill site.
  • Each project site must also within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site.
  • 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.
  • Research will not be funded.
  • There must be a management plan in place for the key species/habitat(s) involved for each site.

Note: 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.


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