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Veolia Environmental Trust

Status: Open to applications

Application Deadline: 28 February 2019


Grants are available to constituted, not-for-profit groups with environmental and community projects that are located near a qualifying Veolia site in England.


Maximum Value: £75,000

Minimum Value:£10,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available under the following conditions:

  • The maximum project cost should be less than £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs).
  • Projects are required to secure at least 10% of the total project costs.
  • Successful applicants will need to pay 10% of the awarded amount to the landfill operator from a third party contributor.

Extended Description

The Veolia Environmental Trust, originally known as the Onyx Environmental Trust, was set up in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund (formerly the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme) and awards monies derived from landfill tax to support a wide range of environmentally focused projects throughout England.

The Trust is a charity and an Environmental Body registered under the Landfill Tax Regulations established to protect, preserve and improve the environment for the benefit of the public.

The funding is for capital improvement projects at a single site that fall in one of the following categories:

  • Community buildings and rooms.
  • Outdoor spaces.
  • Play and recreation.
  • Biodiversity projects.

Key Criteria

Not-for-profit organisations with environmental or community-based projects can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be constituted.
  • Have a bank account.
  • Have 10% of their total project cost in cash before submitting their Stage 1 application (this cannot be the cash equivalent of goods/services provided for free .
  • Have secured all permissions needed (eg. planning permission) before they submit their Stage 2 application.

Applicants must use the Postcode Checker to check that their project is located within the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates.

Projects should fall under one of the following categories:

  • Community buildings and rooms, including community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, and Scout or Girl Guiding buildings.
  • Outdoor Spaces, including public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways and cycle-paths.
  • Play and recreation, including play areas, skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions and changing rooms.
  • Biodiversity projects - applications from registered Environmental Bodies with projects that meet ENTRUST requirements

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Be open to the wider general public for at least 104 days a year without any limit or unreasonable restrictions of use.
  • Have a total cost of under £250,000, including VAT and professional costs.
  • Have already secured at least 10% of the total cost.
  • Have secured all permissions (eg, planning).
  • Be completed within 12 months (18 months for biodiversity projects).

The funder is looking for projects that will:

  • Benefit a diverse range of users, including excluded, often overlooked, deprived and hard-to-reach groups.
  • Meet a need that has been evidenced through community consultation.
  • Involve volunteers.
  • Use environmentally friendly solutions.
  • Achieve value for money.
  • Demonstrate innovation, imagination and excellence.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding of at least 20% is required for projects before the full application is submitted.

For all awards, an independent third party contributor will need to reimburse the landfill operator the 10% shortfall to release the grant. This contribution can be made by another funder, a local council or an individual.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.
  • Regulatory bodies (eg Environment Agency)
  • Zoos, museums, libraries, theatres, schools or hospitals.
  • Educational or arts organisations.
  • Organisations where members receive a financial benefit.
  • Projects where the public amenity is subject to a lease of less than six years remaining duration.
  • Projects where there is accommodation on site.
  • Projects that involve the purchase of land or buildings.
  • Shops or projects established to generate an income for use other than for the upkeep of the project.
  • Exhibitions, sculptures, statues or memorials.
  • Restoration of buildings.
  • Allotments, graveyards or crematoria areas.
  • CCTV and portable equipment, including sports and fitness kit, lawnmowers, furniture and white goods.
  • Street scene improvements – street trees, hanging baskets, aesthetic improvements, village or highway signs.
  • Renewable energy projects to access feed-in tariffs eg solar panels.
  • Staff costs that do not relate to the physical project.
  • Projects that have already started.

Application Procedure

There is no deadline for starting the process of applying for a grant. The project's start date is the key piece of information applicants need to consider when they are determining when to submit their Stage 1 and Stage 2 application.

There are four funding rounds each year. Stage 1 applications will be accepted between:

  • 30 November 2018 and 28 February 2019 for projects taking place between 19 June 2019 and 17 September 2019.
  • 1 March 2019 and 30 May 2019 for projects taking place between 18 September 2019 and 6 January 2020.

There is a three stage application process:

  • Know: This information will help groups check if their project meets the criteria and if the funding timetable is right for them. Applicants should be aware that only projects in the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site will be considered and they should use the Postcode Checker to confirm this.
  • Prepare: This information will help applicants develop the best possible project.
  • Apply: Once applicants are certain that their project meets the criteria, they can start applying for funding by completing the ‘Eligibility Checker’. They will need to confirm that their project meets the key criteria. If it does, they will be able to progress to the Stage 1 of the application form.

The Trust reports that it is oversubscribed with applications for funding, and therefore it is a very competitive process. The chances of success are improved however, if the application clearly explains why the general public need the project to go ahead, includes letters of support from a wide range of potential project beneficiaries, and the project clearly meets the funding criteria.

Contact Veolia Environmental Trust for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site - please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:Trust Team

Veolia Environmental Trust
Ruthdene Cottage
Station Road
Four Ashes
WV10 7DG

Telephone:0203 567 6820

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