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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is the Landfill Communities Fund?

Q.  Can you provide funds for anything?

Q.  What is an Environmental Body?

Q.  What happens when I apply for funding?

Q.  What is third party funding?

Q.  Will you fund projects retrospectively?

Q.  Is there any way of finding out if my project is likely to be eligible for funding through Viridor Credits before I make a formal application?

Q.  Is there a limit to the size of awards that Viridor Credits makes?

Q.  When an application is successful, does Viridor Credits provide all the money needed?

Q.  Who pays landfill tax?

Q.  How is the Landfill Communities Fund regulated?


Q.  Who can apply for Landfill Communities Fund monies?

Q. How is my application assessed? What can I do if my application is unsuccessful?

Q.  What is the Landfill Communities Fund?
A.  The Landfill Communities fund exists to enhance the environment of communities surrounding landfill sites by providing funds for heritage, biodiversity, and community projects.  It encourages partnerships between landfill operators, communities, and the voluntary and public sectors.

Q.  Can you provide funds for anything?
A. No, we can only provide funds for projects that meet the approved objects of the scheme and are registered with and approved by the scheme regulator, ENTRUST.

Q.  What is an Environmental Body?
A. Only a registered Environmental Body can register a project with Entrust.  In most cases, Viridor Credits will act as the Environmental Body for you.

Q.  What happens when I apply for funding?
A.  Your application will be assessed by a Grants Co-ordinator to ensure that it is eligible and compliant under the Landfill Communities Fund scheme, in line with Regulations set by HMRC and enforced by ENTRUST. Your application will be scored against key criteria to assess whether it meets Viridor Credits' minimum quality baseline. If successful, you will be visited by a Project Liaison Officer to discuss aspects of your project.

You will be informed of the panel's decision within 10 working days of the meeting. If a decision to fund is been made, you will be asked to enter into a legal agreement concerning use of the funds and you will receive a Successful Applicant's Pack, detailing what you should do next.

If your application is not successful, you will be informed by the Funded Projects Co-ordinator after the meeting. In line with the Viridor Credits Board policy, we are unable to give a reason as to why an application is not successful.

Q.  What is third party funding?
A. Please click here for a detailed explanation about the Contributing Third Party.

Q.  Will you fund projects retrospectively?
A. No, we are unable to fund any expenditure incurred or committed to prior to your project being notified of an award and approved by ENTRUST. Please ensure that you leave plenty of time to get your application in. For a list of closing dates, clich here.

Q.  Is there any way of finding out if my project is likely to be eligible for funding through Viridor Credits before I make a formal application?
A.  Yes.  Use the postcode eligibility search on our home page or click on Apply for Funding above, where you'll find additional information on eligibility. You may also contact our Application and Administration Assistant on 01823 476476 to discuss your project prior to submission.

Q.  Is there a limit to the size of awards that Viridor Credits makes?
A.  Like most funding organisations, Viridor Credits has limited funds to distribute.  There are currently three grants schemes in England and Wales, and you can click here  for more details on these.

Q.  When an application is successful, does Viridor Credits provide all the money needed?
A. Viridor Credits can provide up to 100 per cent of the money required in any instance. However, our steering groups are limited by available funds at any given time, and it is unlikely that any project will receive 100% funding. It is best practise for applicants to explore a range of organisations to assist with funding.

Q.  Who pays landfill tax?
A. Waste disposal companies and other organisations that dispose of waste are required to pay landfill tax. The rising costs of landfill disposal are passed on to waste producers, who may be companies, public sector bodies and local authorities or their contractors, who collect household refuse. Ultimately, this tax is borne by you as either a consumer or council tax payer.

The aim of landfill tax is to task local authorities to encourage all of us to waste less and recycle more.

Q.  How is the Landfill Communities Fund regulated?
A. An organisation called ENTRUST was set up in 1996 to regulate the original Landfill Tax Credits Scheme (now Landfill Communities Fund) on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs.  ENTRUST now oversees the distribution of funds under the LCF but it does not make grants itself.

Q.  Who can apply for Landfill Communities Fund awards?
A. Viridor Credits awards monies to non-profit making organisations. Organisations must not be controlled directly or indirectly by a local authority or a landfill operator registered for landfill tax.

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