British Steel Landfill Community Fund Criteria

Fund overview

The application closing date is 27 October 2021; you can expect a decision mid December.

Projects with a total project cost in excess of £50,000 should not apply unless all other funding is secured.

Groups awarded funding must complete their project before they can submit another application to the Fund. 

Project location

Groups with projects that are located within 10 miles of our sites listed below may apply for grants, subject to The British Steel Community Fund’s eligibility requirements.

  • Scunthorpe: DN16 1XA
  • Teesside: TS6 7RP
  • Skinningrove: TS13 4ET
  • Immingham: DN40 3LZ

Please check the map on the previous page to make sure your project is located within the eligible funding area.

Project purpose

Grants are available for capital projects involving:

  • The provision and improvement of public amenities (e.g. village halls, village greens, public playgrounds, sports fields and facilities, nature reserves, community centres, footpaths, cycle-paths and country parks)
  • Conservation of built heritage (e.g. buildings of architectural interest and/or places of religious worship)
  • The enhancement of biodiversity (i.e. habitat and/or species conservation)

All projects must be ‘not-for-profit’ and comply with the requirements of the Landfill Communities Fund. If you are in any doubt whether your project meets these requirements, please contact GrantScape before you apply.

Public access requirements
  • Projects must be available and open to the general public – as a minimum, for 4 evenings a week, or 2 days a week, or 104 days a year
  • Projects must be accessible to the general public without unreasonable restriction and with reasonable access costs
Eligible applicants
  • To be eligible for a grant, you must be a properly constituted not-for-profit group. You do not need to be a registered charity, but any surpluses must not be used to pay dividends or other rewards
  • Your organisation must have a bank or building society account, held in the name of the organisation, in place before applying for a grant
  • We will accept applications from Town/Parish Councils
  • We will accept applications from Local Authorities working with community organisations on community-led projects

Grants are not available for:

  • Projects that have already been completed (retrospective funding)
  • Projects that are considered statutory requirements to fund
  • Funding for organisation core costs or ‘running costs’
  • Commercial organisations
  • Individuals
  • Membership-based sports clubs and facilities (e.g. bowls and golf clubs), unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction
  • Bus services, minibus services or vehicles
  • Any works to public highways
  • Projects to deliver visual enhancements (i.e. ‘a view’), as this does not improve, maintain or provide a general public amenity
  • CDs, websites or remote interpretation about a site
  • Public car parks, unless they are specific to the general public amenity
  • Public conveniences
  • Allotments (unless the project is for community growing schemes)
  • Charity buildings, offices of charities, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and advice centres
  • Projects at schools, educational establishments
  • Project at hospitals, hospices and day care centres unless the Public Access Requirements, above, are met. Such projects will only be supported where the project benefits the wider community. The project site should have independent access and use of the hospice/hospital etc should not be prioritised over community use during designated public access times. All applicants with projects located at one of these locations should contact GrantScape before applying to ensure projects meet the criteria
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, and wind and water turbines unless: (i) these will be used solely to provide power and/or heat for the community amenity where they will be installed; and (ii) no income will be received from Government Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) or from any similar tariffs introduced in the future
Judging criteria

When considering whether to support your application, we will also be reviewing:

  • The level of community support for and involvement in the project
  • The local community benefit and enjoyment that will result from the project
  • The extent of benefit to the built, social and/or natural environment

Other factors will also be considered, which must be demonstrated in the application:

  • The ability of the applicant group to deliver the project, and within a reasonable timeframe
  • How the project will be maintained after the project has been completed, i.e. its sustainability (including financial sustainability) and legacy
  • The viability of the project, in terms of funds already secured, and value for money

If, after reading the above, you are confident that your project is eligible, please proceed to the next page: