Landfill Communities Fund
The Landfill Communities Fund is a source of money for some organisations to carry out certain types of environmental projects. A company, trust, charity or club can apply for funding for certain types of projects. Clubs can get funding form Band D which funds projects that develop communities using recreation and sport which are within 10 miles of a landfill site.
Details on the scheme is available in the Landfill Communities Fund - An Introduction (PDF 2MB).
This funding can be accessed two ways. Either by going straight to a landfill operator in your area (more difficult route) or by going to an environmental body who distribute landfill tax funds. These organisations are invariably trusts and either operate on a very localised basis or a national basis. Each has its own funding priorities but most seem to offer support in doing the application and they can fund anywhere from £500 - £100,000.
The Biffaward Scheme is an example of an environmental body which offer this service whereby for their grant schemes you enter your post code to find out if there is a landfill site within 10 miles to check eligibility. If eligible you can then enter the application process on their site.
The only slight issue is that some environmental bodies who distribute funds also require you to register with ENTRUST as an environmental body. ENTRUST, the regulatory body for the scheme, provide good support for you to do this and most clubs would have suitable constitutions etc to do so. The application costs £100. The Biffawards are an example of a trust which requires applicants to be environmental bodies. Other organisations such as Eventure Ltd and Onyx Enviro Trust do not and will help you more with the application.
Landfill Communities Fund FAQs
To help community rugby clubs understand the Landfill Communities Fund, the RFU have produced a series of frequently asked questions on this topic.