£2.4m fund for green groups

A £2.4m fund to help protect and rebuild the UK's biodiversity is appealing for applications from environmental groups.

Biffaward, managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, uses landfill tax credits from Biffa Waste Services to support community and biodiversity projects and has given £85m to more than 1,000 projects since 1997. But it says it is not receiving enough applications.

“The UK’s ecosystems are facing ever greater challenges and we want to encourage more funding applications which are going to help our wildlife,” said chairman Martin Bettington. “Over the coming months we will be aiming to increase awareness of the funds available for biodiversity projects and I hope that many more groups will be encourage to apply to use in the future.”

Biffaward was set up following the introduction of the landfill tax in the UK in 1996, which is collected by Biffa on behalf of Revenue and Customs. The regulations allow Biffa to donate 6.7 per cent of the tax it collects to approved environmental projects.

Up £2.4m a year over the next three years is available for biodiversity projects. Grants of between £5,000 and £500,000 will be awarded.


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