Biffaward is the charitable giving arm of Biffa Waste Services. Since 1997, Biffaward has provided over 100 million pounds in grants across the United Kingdom. Funding for Biffaward grants comes from landfill tax credits through the Landfill Community Trust program.
Biffaward (see Resources) funds community and environmental projects in four program areas: community grants, biodiversity grants, small grants and flagship grants.
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Community grants range from 5,000 to 50,000 pounds. Community grant projects must focus on improving or creating cultural facilities, venues for outdoor recreation or community spaces. To be eligible, projects must be located within 10 miles of a Biffa work site and within 10 miles of a landfill site. The public must be able to access the project at least 104 days of the year. Successful grant applications must be able to fund 10 per cent of the grant total from another source in order to qualify for Biffaward support.
Biffaward’s biodiversity grants fund projects that protect, preserve and increase biodiversity across the United Kingdom. Projects that focus on Biodiversity Action Plan priority species and habitats receive preference. Eligible projects will be operated by non-profit organisations and will be within 25 miles of a Biffa work site and within 10 miles of a landfill. Projects must incorporate a management plan for priority biodiversity species and directly improve biodiversity. Grants range up to 50,000 pounds. Applicants must be able to derive 10 per cent of project funds from a source other than a Biffaward grant.
Biffaward provides almost 100 small grants each year. Small grants range from 250 to 5,000 pounds. Projects must not total more than 10,000 pounds overall. Biffaward small grants can be used to fund local facilities improvement such as community buildings, nature preserves, cultural facilities or outdoor recreational spaces, according to the grant guidelines.
To be eligible, projects must be located within 10 miles of a Biffa work site and within 10 miles of a landfill and offer public access at least 104 days per year. An example of a small grant is the installation of playground equipment in a public park.
Flagship grants fund large-scale projects and range from 150,000 to 500,000 pounds. Projects must focus on either biodiversity restoration or improving cultural facilities. Eligible projects are located within 25 miles of a Biffa work site and within 10 miles of a landfill. According to the grant guidelines, Biffaward flagship grants must “have something unique and exciting that no other project in the region, or possibly country, has.”
An example of a past flagship grant is a biodiversity development project at Calke Abbey National Nature Reserve in Derbyshire. A Biffaward flagship grant funded habitat restoration for the white-clawed crayfish, toads and other invertebrates in the reserve’s ponds. The restoration resulted in a 2,000 per cent increase in the white-clawed crayfish population.
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