Monday, 5 January 2015

WREN Launches New Community Fund for England and Wales

From 1 January 2015, applications for WREN landfill tax funding should be submitted under the new Community Fund programme. This new unified scheme is designed to deliver amenity projects within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site in WREN’s operating areas across England and Wales; sites in Scotland are no longer eligible for funding.

Grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 are available for projects that can demonstrate how they fall into Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund. Object D shows commitment to the protection of the environment, and the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or another public amenity. WREN’s definition of an amenity is something that a community will have access to and be able to use for leisure or recreation purposes.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

   - Replacement doors and windows for village halls and community centres.
   - Provision of children’s play equipment in open public spaces.
   - Construction of footpaths and cycleways in public parks.
   - The provision of all-weather play surfaces for MUGA multi use games areas.
   - The provision of skate parks.
   - Dipping platform and all weather paths at local nature reserves.

Although match funding is not a specified requirement, the Waste Recycling Group (as a condition of providing WREN with the Landfill Tax Credits) require project applicants to secure the help of eligible 'Third Parties' who will reimburse them with an amount equal to 11% of any grant committed. Third Party funders cannot, however, gain any unique benefit from the project put forward for funding.

Community organisations, voluntary groups, charities, not-for-profit organisations and groups can apply for funding as long as they have a formal constitution and bank account. Local authorities can also apply. All projects should be ready to start within six months of a funding decision being made.

The first deadline for applications in 2015 is 18 March 2015.

Further information, including area eligibility, is available from WREN’s website.

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