Veolia Environmental Trust

Status:Open to applications


Grants are available for environmental and community projects in the UK that are within five miles of a qualifying facility operated by Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc.  Projects must restore derelict land, prevent pollution, provide public amenities or encourage biodiversity.


Maximum Value:£ 75,000

Value Notes

Grants of up to £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 £500,000.

Extended Description

The 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 the UK.

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 Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects across the UK.  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

The next deadline for stage one applications is 31 August 2017 (12 noon).

Key Criteria

Not-for-profit organisations with environmental or community-based projects in the United Kingdom are eligible to apply. 

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be constituted.
  • Have a bank account.
  • Hold annual elections.

Projects must be located within five miles of a Veolia Environmental Services facility. This could be a landfill site or a civic amenity site, or a transfer station or depot - as long as it is operated by Veolia.

A facility locator is provided on website

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 Girlguiding 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.
  • Supporting Biodiversity, including the species related element of a BAP (national or local), the habitat related element of a BAP or HAP (national or local), and reintroduction programmes to a specific habitat.

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.


General Exclusions

  • Applications from Distributive Environmental Bodies (DEBs).
  • Zoos, museums, libraries, theatres or arts organisations
  • Schools or other educational establishments
  • 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.
  • Portable equipment, including sports and fitness kit.
  • Furniture or white goods.
  • Access roads or car parks.
  • Street scene improvements – street trees, hanging baskets, aesthetic improvements, village or highway signs.
  • Renewable energy projects to access feed-in tariffs eg solar panels.
  • Project management costs of more than 10%.

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
Telephone:01902 794 677