FCC Community Action Fund - England

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) and located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility.

Current Status

Open for Applications

Maximum value:

£ 100,000

Objectives of Fund

Previously known as WREN, FCC Communities Foundation was established in 1997 and has provided over £250 million to more than 7,500 projects across the UK. It is a non-profit-making Environmental Body registered to fund projects under the Landfill Communities Fund. The Landfill Communities Fund must be used for the purposes of implementing social, environmental and community-based projects complying with specific 'approved objects' or categories in the Landfill Tax Regulations.

The FCC Community Action Fund provides grants to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The funding is for projects sited within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility.

Value Notes

Grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 are available for projects with a maximum total cost of £500,000.

All grant recipients are required to secure a 'Contributing Third Party' (CTP) payment. This is a very specific payment required to be paid to the landfill operator and it is not the same as match funding. Full details can be found in the guidance notes.

This is a highly competitive funding programme, which is oversubscribed.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must show what other sources of funding have been sought and secured. Ony in exceptional circumstances will 100% funding may be provided.

Third Party Funding of 10.75% is a requirement.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from the following types of organisations:

  • Registered Charities which operate a community facility.
  • Churches or Parochial Church Councils.
  • Parish or Town Councils or Management Committees or User Associations acting on behalf of Parish or Town Councils.
  • Local Authorities.
  • CASC Registered Sports Clubs.

Other organisations may still be able to apply for funding if they apply as a secondary applicant with a Parish Council, Local Authority or Charity which has an involvement in their project site.

Applicants are advised to discuss their eligibility before applying.

The project site must be owned, leased or under long term formal management agreement by the applying organisation. Any lease or management agreement must be in place before any application is made and have at least five years left to run.

Projects must be based within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility.

Applicants should use the calculator to determine if their project is located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility site in the following areas:

  • Humber
  • Lincolnshire

Eligible Expenditure

The funding can be used for the provision, maintenance or improvement of the following types of public amenity:

  • Village halls and community centres.
  • Publicly available Multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks.
  • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access.

The project site must be open and accessible for the general public. It should be somewhere where the general public can go, join or use without any limit or restrictions of use (or with reasonable access costs) being in place.

Examples of projects eligible for funding include:

  • Providing all weather play surface for MUGA (multi use games area).
  • Dipping platform and all weather paths at a local nature reserves.
  • Provision of Skate Park.

The kinds of costs that may be included in the required funding are:

  • Contractors.
  • Materials.
  • Capital items.
  • Small items of equipment used by volunteers and staff to deliver the project.

Consideration will be given to applications for funding for the internal fittings of a new building or extension, but applicants should demonstrate that they have the build costs secured.

How To Apply

Applicants should refer to the guidance notes before starting the application process.

Applications must be made using the online application system which is available on the website of the FCC Communities Foundation.

The 2021 rounds are as follows:

  • Round 1 opens on 16 December 2020 and closes on 3 March 2021 (5pm).
  • Round 2 opens on 17 March 2021 and closes on 2 June 2021 (5pm).
  • Round 3 opens on 16 June 2021 and closes on1 September 2021 (5pm).
  • Round 4 opens on 15 September 2021 and closes on 1 December 2021 (5pm).

Funding decisions are made approximately three months after the closing date. CLICK HERE

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