Biffa Award celebrates 25th anniversary with one-off £2.5 million grant offer, & other funding news

Melanie May | 30 May 2022 | News

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A £2.5 million grant for a cultural or biodiversity project from Biffa Award, grants to help charities learn and improve in Kent, the opening of the 2022/23 Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales, and more funding news.

Biffa Award makes £2.5mn grant available in celebration of 25th year

To celebrate next year’s 25th anniversary of Biffa Award, a one-off grant of £2.5 million is on offer to support a regionally, nationally or internationally significant cultural or biodiversity project.


Since 1997, Biffa Award has funded more than 3,400 cultural, community and biodiversity projects worth £189million throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although Biffa Award no longer supports projects in Scotland and Wales, it continues to support projects throughout England and Northern Ireland.

It is seeking a project fitting one or both of the following themes:

A project to create, restore, modernise an improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centre to engage and encourage tourists and or day visitors. The facility should be inclusive and inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation.

A project to restore and or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it. The project will be expected to be working to Biodiversity 2020: A Strategy for England’s Wildlife and Ecosystem Services, its successor, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

Project sites must be within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa landfill site, and within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site. There must also be a minimum of 104 days of published and full public access per year.

The deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 15 June, with the outcome shared in July, and the final funding decision to follow in November.

Full criteria and information for applying are available on the Biffa Award site.

Funding available to help Kent charities & community groups learn & improve

Funding of up to £1,500 is available to Kent charities and community groups to help them discover new insights and inspiration to improve their organisation’s performance.

The new Kent Community Foundation Learning Journey Fund will support up to ten applications from staff or volunteers from charities based in Kent and Medway, enabling them to visit organisations and learn from national and international best practice so they can plan their own next steps and share learning across the county.

For example, applications might be to visit a charity that is an exemplar for local engagement, environmental sustainability, or work with refugees, or to learn from a care home pioneering client-led services, a museum bringing their collection to life, a resident’s group running an amazing community garden.

Following the initial visit or visits, The Learning Journey Fund will pay to help the successful applicants to think through their learning, and to bring in a coach, advisor, consultant, or facilitator to help develop their plans and next steps. The leaning will be shared via a blog or presentation posted on the Learning Journey pages of the Kent Community Foundation website so that others can learn and develop too.

Applications should include a description of what they hope to learn and why this will make a difference to their charity, detail of who they would like to visit, why they have chosen them and how they will use the knowledge gained, a timeline and a budget. In addition to this written information a video of the applicant talking about themselves, and their application is also required.

RideLondon brings £1mn of new funding to Essex to get people active

RideLondon arrived in Essex for the first time at the weekend, bringing £1 million of new funding to inspire activity across the county.
The £1 million funding comes from The London Marathon Charitable Trust, and has been made possible thanks to RideLondon’s partnership with Essex County Council, which means Essex is now one of The Trust’s core funding areas.
The Trust is the parent charity of London Marathon Events (LME), which is the organiser of RideLondon. All surplus from the events LME organises is gifted to The Trust, which then makes grants to projects that inspire activity.
The Trust’s funding will support organisations and projects across Essex. Plans for the funding include promoting active travel (making journeys by walking or cycling) in schools and communities, including areas along the RideLondon-Essex event route; expanding the Essex Pedal Power programme, making cycling more accessible for everyone; and supporting a new county-wide open grants programme for projects that will help residents lead active and healthy lives.
Active Essex and The Active Essex Foundation will deliver the grants programme, with further news on the grant application and criteria to come in late June via the Active Essex website and social media.

2022/23 round of Comic Relief Community Fund opens in Wales

WCVA has launched the 2022/23 funding round for the Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales.

The funding is to support community led action bringing about positive, lasting social change throughout Wales. Successful applications will demonstrate a contribution to one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

There are two funding levels:

Small Grants – £1,000 – £10,000

Organisational Growth Grants – £30,000 – £50,000

Both the Small Grants and the Organisational Growth Grants will only accept applications from organisations which have an annual income of less than £250,000 per year.

The application window is open until 27 June 2022. 

Funding for refugee & migrant led artistic & community activism projects in Scotland

The Scottish Refugee Council is offering production support and up to £8,000 in funding for artistic and community activism projects that are refugee and migrant led.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 5 June. It is open to people who are interested in, or already practising visual arts, curation, artistic production, film, music, performance, cooking, dance, literature, design, journalism, cultural heritage and community engagement.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of creative potential and community impact.

Priority will be given to those who have had little or no support like this before. People who do not have refugee status are welcome to apply. If an application is successful, the Council will coordinate the grant so that it does not impact on a claim for asylum.

Successful applicants should receive the first instalment of their grant by mid June. The second grant instalment will be paid by June 2023.

Full information on the funding and criteria for entry is  available on the Council’s site.

Wind turbine against a blue sky. Photo: Pixabay

Funding for individuals and community projects in Borders area

Community groups and individuals in the Borders area can apply for financial support from a wind farm supported community benefit fund.

The Beck Burn Wind Farm Community Fund and Beck Burn Wind Farm Community Fund Educational Bursaries was established by EDF Energy Renewables in 2017. The company donates in excess of £170,000 each year into the funds, which are managed by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Projects and individuals in the Cumbrian Parishes of Rockcliffe, Westlinton, Arthuret and Kirkandrews on Esk, along with the Scottish Community Councils of Springfield & Gretna Green, Gretna & Rigg, Kirkpatrick Fleming & District, and Canonbie & District are eligible to apply for funding.

At a recent grants panel, eight individuals over the age of 16 were awarded a share of £7,540 to support education and training to help them develop their skills and employability. Three community grants were also awarded to improve a community play area, provide gardening equipment at a primary school and install three community defibrillators.

The fund is intended to support a wide range of activities with awards to community and voluntary organisations and projects which are community based or community led. Activities can include supporting biodiversity and habitat conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability, sports and recreation, health and wellbeing, children, young people and older people, culture and heritage.

The deadline for the next round of applications is 17 June.

Small grants for climate change preparedness projects

The Two Ridings Community Foundation Climate Change Small Grants Fund is open with grants of up to £2000 available for projects relating to climate change preparedness.

The Fund is aimed at helping small voluntary & community groups, small charities and other types of not for profit organisation with grants of between £200 and £2000 for projects which can help with either direct project costs or costs relating to climate change preparedness.  

It is looking for applications from a variety of groups and themes, and would also like to bring the groups together to share learnings.   

Funding can be used for either project costs or capital costs. 

Examples of the type of project that might be funded include:

The scheme can fund 100% of project costs or can be part of a combination of funding to meet the full amount needed. 

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