Biffa Award: Helping your local community

Biffa Award was established in 1997 as part of a wider government initiative to support positive change within local communities through the re-distribution of landfill tax credits.

Since its inception Biffa Award has allocated grants totalling more than £165 million to a range of community and environmental projects.

Supporting biodiversity and communities.

Can you imagine one hectare? To give you an idea, that’s the same size as eight Olympic swimming pools. How about 500,000 hectares – that’s an area almost the size of Norfolk. Through projects supported by Biffa Award this is the total amount of land that has been improved for biodiversity to date.

Because Biffa Award is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) it can support projects that will be of lasting environmental benefit, can improve quality of life and foster vibrant communities.

What is the Biffa Award?

Biffa Award is a multi-million pound environment fund which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services. The fund has directly benefitted 265,000 people through project improvements throughout the UK.

In the last year alone it was used to support over £4 million of projects. The fund has rebuilt parks, brought a new lease of life to a tired but well-loved community centre and helped bring a native species from the brink. In total it has awarded grants totalling more than £156 million to more than 3,200 project nationwide. That’s an average of 4 projects every week receiving vital funding for their community.

What projects have we been involved with?

Biffa Award is diverse. It has given a helping hand to our amphibious friends through the creation and management of new ponds which support a huge range of native wildlife.

You can find out more about how the organisation Froglife has benefitted from Biffa Award here: http://www.biffa-award.org/news/featured-froglife-video

The Bomber Command project has also been awarded a separate grant of £700,000 to help support the build of an incredible exhibition honouring the million men and women who served or supported Bomber Command in WWII.

Speaking about the project is Gillian French, Biffa Award, Head of Grants:

“We’re really pleased to be able to support the International Bomber Command Centre. The centre will pay respect to those who served at Bomber Command and allow visitors to explore the personal stories of the men and women who played such a vital role in our history.”

One of the most recent 2017 projects included installing new playground equipment in Bawburgh, Norfolk. The current playground, has started to show its age after 12 years of playtime. The grant will help to replace equipment and offer areas for older children and those with disabilities.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Head of Grants, said:

“Bawburgh is a close-knit community with big ambitions. The new playground will provide the village with a new focus, where the community can come together. We’re pleased to be able to support the Village Hall Committee with a grant from the Landfill Communities Fund.”

How can you get involved?

To find out details of the funding requirements and if you may be eligible to submit an application for funding visit http://www.biffa-award.org/home for full details.

 

 

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Jas Bagri

Jas is part of Biffa’s digital team, writing a diverse range of content on a number on industry topics. Jas’s favourite subject to write about is recycling, so look out for her handy tips coming your way!