About the fund
The Coastal Recycling Community supports community groups within a 10 mile radius of its two main sites in Devon. It is available for projects who aim to enhance community spaces, improve biodiversity, cultural facilities and places for outdoor recreation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the money come from?
When waste is deposited at a landfill site, tax must be charged for each tonne. This tax must be paid to the Government, however, Coastal Recycling is allowed to donate money to an Environmental Body (EB) and if the donation is made in line with the rules than Coastal Recycling can receive landfill tax credits. The EB can then distribute the donation by way of grants to local projects.
Since 1998, 200 projects throughout Devon have been supported through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) and our community support now exceeds £3 million.
The main objective of the Landfill Communities Fund is to provide support for communities close to operating landfill sites. The legislation indicates that the grant should be used for projects in the vicinity of a landfill site. This has been interpreted as no more than about 10 miles. Technically the project can be within 10 miles of any licensed landfill, even if it is no longer taking waste.
Priorities and processes
Coastal Recycling is keen to support community projects principally within 10 miles of the landfill sites at Torrington and Kenbury Wood near Exeter. Therefore, priority will be given to projects that lie within this 10 miles radius. Further weighting may be applied to projects that are nearer to these landfills. The second priority is that projects that are ready to commence will have a higher priority than projects that still have other funds to find or that require permissions.
Our LCF donations are administered by GrantScape, an accredited distributive environmental body. There are four application deadlines each year and these are detailed onGrantScape’s website. This will ensure that we can get money out to projects quickly. Applicants will be notified of the decision within 8 weeks of the published deadline date. Any application that is received after these deadline dates will be processed at the next deadline date.
- Your project will typically be within 10 miles of our sites at Deep Moor or Kenbury Wood; and
- Your project must have aims that confer a benefit on the natural, built or social environment and comply with ENTRUST guidance to meet the requirements of one of the following Objects of the LCF:
- Public Amenity – Object D; provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other general public amenity (village halls, recreation fields, community gardens etc)
- Biodiversity – Object DA Conservation of a specific species or a specific habitat where it occurs
- Naturally Heritage – Object E repair, maintenance or restoration of a place of worship or of architectural interest
To be successful
- Projects that can demonstrate proximity to Deep Moor or Kenbury Wood or an affect from them are more likely to receive funding than projects farther away or less affected.
- Your project must provide evidence of financial need yet be financially sustainable; the detail of this will vary depending on any assets created. For example it is more likely that we will support a project with a healthy financial position but insufficient funds to carry out the project and less likely that we would support a project where the organisation has adequate funds to carry out the project without grant or where its financial health is poor (as this may place the grant at risk of recall)
- Your project must be able to demonstrate community support. This can be shown through community consultation reports, supportive letters, and fundraising activities.
- You must be able to demonstrate evidence of arrangements for public access, as a minimum a project must be available and open to the general public for 4 evening per weeks or 2 days per week or 104 days per year.
- The applicant must demonstrate ability to deliver the project
- You must demonstrate how the project will be maintained after the project has been completed, i.e. its sustainability and legacy
- You must have alternative sources of money available to cover the requirement for the Contributing Third Party payable to the Landfill Operator. For more informationclick here
- Your project must be able to demonstrate value for money with evidence of comparative quotes for the works to be funded by the scheme.
- Your project must be ready to spend the award when allocated; you will have a period within which the award must be spent, typically 6 months for short term projects or up to 12 months for larger or longer term projects.
- Not-for-Profit. Your organisation need not be a charity, but any surplus made must be used to further your organisation’s objects. Surplus must not be used to pay dividends or other rewards. Parish and Town Council are able to apply.
Coastal Recycling Community Fund does not have a formal application process itself, but an initial consultation with us may help to confirm whether or not the project complies with our criteria. The DEB with whom we work has an application form and process.
We will refer enquiries to the appropriate DEB/EB to ensure that all the relevant compliance criteria can be met before a formal offer of funding is made.
The scheme rules mean that grants may not be available for the following:
- Projects that have already been completed (retrospective funding);
- Projects that are considered statutory requirements;
- Projects that are solely aimed to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act ;
- Projects that are located on private land;
- Revenue costs will not be funded;
- Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, and wind and water turbines unless: (i) these will be used solely to provide power and/or heat for the community amenity where they will be installed; and (ii) no income will be received from Government Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) or from any similar tariffs introduced in the future.
- The following are likely to be excluded unless there is demonstrable evidence of arrangements for public access:
- Schools (although we have funded a MUGA that has public access)
- Allotment sites
- Membership-based sports clubs and facilities (e.g. bowls and golf clubs), unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction
(Please check with us if you are unsure)
Entrust and environmental bodies
Environmental Bodies have to be enrolled by ENTRUST, the regulatory body for the LCF. click here to find out more about ENTRUST.
A very wide range of organisations may be enrolled as EBs and receive LCF donations direct from the landfill operator. In addition, many organisations benefit from LCF funding without enrolling as EBs, choosing instead to work with Distributive Environmental Bodies (DEBs). The DEB that we have worked with since 1998 is SWEET, now part of the GrantScape Group, and staff there will be pleased to offer advice on project development.
All projects must make a formal application to an appropriate environmental body such as GrantScape, which will complete compliance checks and will register your project with, ENTRUST. Alternatively, projects which have already received ENTRUST approval are welcome to approach us direct to establish if funding will be available.
If the Coastal Recycling Community Fund is unable to contribute to the project, the Environmental Body may be able to secure funding from other local landfill operators.