Charities, sports clubs and parish and town councils can apply now for environmental and community-based projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility in England.
Previously known as WREN, FCC Communities Foundation awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Running since 1997, it has provided over £250 million to more than 7,500 projects across the UK.
Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 to support projects with a maximum total cost of £500,000. Applicants must be able to secure a contributing third party payment. This is a specific payment to be paid to the landfill operator and is not the same as match funding.
The grant funding is for the provision, maintenance or improvement of the following types of public amenity:
- Village halls and community centres
- Public play areas
- Publicly available Multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks
- Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access
- Churches – community spaces only
- Nature Reserves
- Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access
The project site must be open and accessible for the general public. It should be somewhere where the general public can go, join or use without any limit or restrictions of use (or with reasonable access costs) being in place.
The grants could help with the costs of contractors, materials, capital items, and small items of equipment used by volunteers and staff to deliver the project.
Applications are accepted during specified time periods.
The deadline for applications to the current round is 5pm on 4 March 2020. Funding decisions are made approximately three months after the round closes.
Further information, including the post code checker, can be found on the FCC Communities Foundation website.