SUEZ Communities Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF).

Applications are considered for the five main areas of work which qualify for funding through the SLCF:

Category Description
Land Reclamation

(SLCF Object A)

The reclamation, remediation, restoration or other operation on land to facilitate economic, social or environmental use.
Community Recycling

(SLCF Object B)

Community based recycling, re-use and waste prevention projects. The project must be community based.
Public Amenities

(SLCF Object C)

To provide, maintain or improve an amenity that is used primarily for leisure and recreation. The amenity must be open to all sections of the community for at least 104 days a year.

(SLCF Object D)

The conservation of biodiversity through the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a natural habitat or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat.
Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites

(SLCF Object E)

The maintenance, repair or restoration of a building, other structure or a site of archaeological interest which is a place of religious worship, or a site of historic or architectural or archaeological interest and is open to the public. Places of religious worship must Grade A listed.

SUEZ Communities Trust will consider projects which focus on physical improvement at an identified site. Projects which take place at multiple sites cannot be considered.

Funding is typically awarded for the purchase of materials/equipment and the appointment of a contractor to undertake the improvement work. A request for funding for salaries, running costs, project management or design fees will not be considered.

We strongly recommend that you read the application guide in full before starting your application:

How much can I apply for?

Smaller Projects Fund Primary Fund
Awards between £1 and £20,000 Awards between £1 and £50,000
Projects must have  an overall cost of no more than £40,000 Projects must have an overall cost of no more than £250,000
Projects must start within 3 months and complete within 12 months of funds being awarded Projects must start within 6 months and complete within 12 months of funds being awarded

How likely is my application to be successful?

The scheme is very competitive and we receive many more applications than we are able to support. For your information we can advise that, using several years’ data, applications to the Smaller Projects Fund are 50% more likely to succeed than those to the Primary Fund.

Is my project in an eligible location?

To be eligible for SUEZ Communities Trust’s SLCF programme your project site must be in Scotland.

If you are applying for Public Amenity, Biodiversity or Historic Building funding you will need to establish if your project is in the vicinity of a landfill site or transfer station.  To find out you can use the screening tool on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) website:

Check Location

Who can apply for funding?

To be eligible to apply to SUEZ Communities Trust an organisation must:

  • Be run on a not-for-profit basis. This could include community groups, parish councils, charities, community interest companies, sports clubs, community associations, local authorities and voluntary organisations
  • Own or hold a lease for the project site with at least 5 years remaining
  • Projects should be based at a project site which must be owned or leased by the applying organisation.  If your organisation neither owns the project site, nor has a lease with a minimum of 5 years remaining, you are not eligible to apply for SUEZ Communities Trust funding. The lease must be active before any application is made. Letters of intent or draft lease agreements are not accepted

What is the Contributing Third Party (CTP) Payment?

Before SUEZ Communities Trust can release funding to a supported project we need to receive a payment called the Contributing Third Party (CTP) payment. Please visit the CTP page to get a detailed description of the CTP and how to calculate it.

More about the CTP payment

How to apply for funding

After reading and understanding the funding criteria an application can be made via the online application system. Once you have created an account a funding application can be started and submitted at any time – there are no application deadlines.

The application process is in two stages and is fully explained in the application guide.

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