Veolia Environmental Trust

Status:Open to applications
Deadline: 29 November 2018


Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations with environmental and community projects that restore derelict land, prevent pollution, provide public amenities or encourage biodiversity and are located within five miles of a major Veolia Environmental Services Facility in England.


Maximum Value:£ 75,000 
Minimum Value: £ 10,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available.

Projects costing over £40,000 will be required to have a contributing third party payment of 10%.

The maximum project cost is £250,000.

Extended Description

The Veolia Environmental Trust, originally known as the Onyx Environmental Trust, was set up in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund (formerly the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme) and awards monies derived from landfill tax to support a wide range of environmentally focused projects throughout England.

The Trust is a charity and an Environmental Body registered under the Landfill Tax Regulations established to protect, preserve and improve the environment for the benefit of the public.

The funding is for local community and environmental projects in England. These could include projects aiming to install or enhance play areas and skate parks, restore footpaths and green spaces, protect natural habitats or improve community halls.

Latest Information

Stage 1 applications will be accepted between 31 August 2018 and 29 November 2019 for projects taking place between 26 March 2019 and 18 June 2019.

Key Criteria

Not-for-profit organisations with environmental or community-based projects can apply. 

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be constituted.
  • Have a bank account.

Projects must be located within five miles of a Veolia Environmental Services facility. This could be a landfill site, Energy Recovery Facility or Materials Recycling Facility.

Applicants must use the Postcode Checker to check that their project is located within the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates.

Projects should fall under one of the following categories:

  • Community buildings and rooms, including community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, and Scout or Girl Guiding buildings.
  • Outdoor Spaces, including public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways and cycle-paths.
  • Play and recreation, including play areas, skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions and changing rooms.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Be open to the wider general public for at least 104 days a year without any limit or unreasonable restrictions of use.
  • Have a total cost of under £250,000, including VAT and professional costs.
  • Have already secured at least 20% of the total cost.
  • Have secured all permissions (eg, planning).
  • Be completed within 12 months.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding of at least 20% is required for projects before the full application is submitted.

Grants of £40,000 or more require a Third Party Contribution.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.
  • Regulatory bodies (eg Environment Agency)
  • Zoos, museums, libraries, theatres, schools or hospitals.
  • Educational or arts organisations.
  • Restoration of buildings.
  • Organisations where members receive a financial benefit.
  • Shops or projects established to generate an income for use other than for the upkeep of the project.
  • Projects that involve the purchase of land or buildings.
  • Exhibitions, sculptures, statues or memorials.
  • Allotments, graveyards or crematoria areas.
  • CCTV and portable equipment, including sports and fitness kit, lawnmowers, furniture and white goods.
  • Street scene improvements – street trees, hanging baskets, aesthetic improvements, village or highway signs.
  • Renewable energy projects to access feed-in tariffs eg solar panels.
  • Projects where the public amenity is subject to a lease of less than six years remaining duration.
  • Projects where there is accommodation on site.
  • Staff costs that do not relate to the physical project.
  • Projects that have already started.

Application Procedure

There is a three stage application process:

  • Know: This information will help groups check if their project meets the criteria and if the funding timetable is right for them. Applicants should be aware that only projects in the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site will be considered and they should use the Postcode Checker to confirm this.
  • Prepare: This information will help applicants develop the best possible project.
  • Apply: Once applicants are certain that their project meets the criteria, they can start applying for funding by completing the ‘Eligibility Checker’. They will need to confirm that their project meets the key criteria. If it does, they will be able to progress to the Stage 1 of the application form.

Contact Veolia Environmental Trust for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on the website

Application forms may be available to download on this site - please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Trust Team
Veolia Environmental Trust
Station Road
Four Ashes
WV10 7DG
0203 567 6820