Your first step towards Landfill grant funding is to find out whether your location qualifies. Do this by inputting the post code for the relevant community building and checking the funding criteria on the following websites:
FCC Communities Foundation (formerly known as WREN)
Landfill grants are no longer available in Wales and Scotland.
You can also check for other funders via Entrust.
If you decide to apply for a Landfill grant for your church, you must register a project on the Property Consents website. Click here for information about Consents and Connexional Property grants.
Applying for a Landfill grant
The Connexional Grants team handle Landfill grants, via the Landfill Grant Officer (currently the Grants Team Leader). Unlike the other grant 'streams' the Methodist Church does not have a Landfill fund, instead the Church is registered as an Environmental Body. This registration is held by Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes (TMCP) and the Landfill Grants Officer acts on behalf of TMCP as an intermediary between churches applying for grants, Landfill Operators (who own the grant funds) and Entrust (the regulator of the Landfill Community Fund).
The role of the Landfill Grants Officer (LGO) has two main strands: supporting churches to make applications, including preparing applications (usually online) and managing regulatory aspects (reports and visits). The LGO deals with a range of funders (see 'Landfill Grants' on Grants pages of Methodist website) and advises on how best to make applications to each of these. This process often begins with making a search for suitable funders, this is determined by proximity to Landfill sites. Search links are available above.
Some funders require that the applicant is registered as an Environmental Body (EB). This is where churches can benefit from TMCP's registration as an EB, in that TMCP allows churches to apply under its registration, saving churches from having to register individually. It provides a streamlined system where the LGO can register a project with Entrust, the first stage of submitting a Landfill grant application (though not all Landfill Operators require EB registration). In some cases applicants must submit an Expression of Interest before a full claim, and the LGO can do this on behalf of individual churches.
Landfill grants can be a useful source of small to medium sized grants, e.g. from £2,000 to as much as £75,000, though most grants are not as large as this. Landfill funding also has, like Connexional grants, a 'missional' aspect; even though this is secular money there is nevertheless a strong focus on engagement, outreach, involvement and bringing the wider community into community spaces. Key facilities that Landfill Operators like to fund are kitchens, accessible toilets, community rooms, ramps and lifts. They will not fund improvements which are only for congregations or are limited to sanctuary developments which are not being offered to the community. They will also not fund very large projects (generally £500,000 or less for some funders), including multi-phase projects.
Typically, funders require three estimates, community consultations (a very good idea for all missional projects), letters of support and good planning.
In return for the involvement of the LGO and TMCP (which takes on grant compliance, sign-off of grant offer letters and holding grant funds) a fee is taken from grant awards. This fee is £1,000 on grants over £10,000 and 8% on grants under £10,000. The fee amount can be added onto the grant application so that the applicant does not lose out.
The LGO function is currently being reviewed as the financial climate and Government changes have led to reduction in funds available and uncertainty for Landfill Operators. Increased competition has led to lower rates of successful applications by churches, though the likelihood of success can be improved through good quality community consultation.
If you are interested in Landfill grants do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connexional Grants Team Leader and Landfill Grants Officer