Funding news

Landfill Communities Fund increased to £17.1 million - 23 March 2011

The Budget 2011 announced that ‘the value of the fund will rise in line with inflation in 2011-12 to £78.1 million'.

The principle of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is that it offsets some of the negative impacts of landfill sites by allowing the Landfill Operators to pay a proportion of their landfill tax liability to not-for-profit organisations that deliver benefits to the general public, biodiversity or the environment. LCF aims to create significant environmental benefits and jobs, to promote sustainable waste management, and to undertake projects which improve the lives of communities living near landfill sites.

Case studies of previously funded projects are available from the ENTRUST website.

Organisations can apply for funding directly from Distributing Environmental Bodies (DEBs), for a full list of DEBs in your area, along with contact details, please see the ENTRUST Funding Directory.

The Budget also confirmed plans for a Green Investment Bank (GIB) to support investment in low carbon technology and industry. £1bn was already committed in the Spending Review to set up the GIB, and the Chancellor announced that it will now hold an additional £2bn from asset sales. The GIB will open in 2012 and will be able to borrow more money itself from 2015/16. This may be relevant to charities and social enterprises working on environmental policy or directly on green technology.