Funding Scheme

The Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET) is running its own funding scheme aiming to distribute around £40,000 in 2019/20, with a preference for awarding a small number of medium sized grants, rather than one larger award or a lot of small grants.

The Scheme has operated annually since 2016/17 .


  1. The project must be located within the county of Derbyshire and within 10 miles of a licensed landfill site.
  2. Applications will be considered from not-for-profit community/environmental organisations (having a constitution and elected officers as a minimum) and parish/town councils. County and district councils can be involved as partners in community-led applications. Applicant groups should either have their own bank account or be working with an organisation who has a bank account which is willing to act as the accountable body.
  3. Minimum grant request of £5,000, maximum of £20,000.
  4. Projects do not have to have match funding and there is no upper limit on the total project cost, however where applications require match funding this must be in place / confirmed no later than 31 January 2020.
  5. Projects must not have started and if successful cannot start work until an Agreement for Grant has been signed with Derbyshire Environmental Trust. All payments will be retrospective and must be supported by a receipt(s), invoice(s), architects certificate(s) or other appropriate evidence. Successful applicants will have a period of one year to complete the project (ie by February 2021).
  6. School related projects, car parks, allotments, purchase of vehicles and footpaths adjacent to roads are not eligible. Submitted projects must be eligible under the rules of the Landfill Communities Fund – see or contact the DET office for details. Capital items only (no revenue funding). All applicants are encouraged to check the eligibility of their proposed project with the Trust before submitting an application.

Example of the type of project that would be eligible include the provision, maintenance and repair of: children’s play areas, skate parks, Multi Use Games Areas, sports fields and other recreational facilities, nature reserves, footpaths/bridleways, community centres/village halls.

The following criteria will be taken into account before reaching a decision:

a) Need for and scope of the project and the use of the grant funded elements

b) Level of community support or involvement (eg fundraising, volunteering, letters of support from partner/user organisations or groups or individuals)

c) Long term sustainability (environmental, financial and management)

d) Value for money (competitive tendering, size of grant in relation to project cost, number of potential beneficiaries, availability of alternative facilities etc).

e) The amount of matched funding secured by the applicant (including own fundraising and voluntary and in-kind support to carry out the project).

f) Environmental benefit – natural, built and social

g) Community benefit (including level of public access - which must as a minimum be 2 days/4 evenings per week or equivalent, opening hours, number of users/visitors, how wide a cross section of the local community will benefit from the project)

h) Ability to complete the project within the timetable (see below).

Applicants must submit full details of the project including plans, specification, cost breakdown and any planning or other decisions (if required) in accordance with the timetable. The Trust do not anticipate running more than one funding round per year.

The DET Management Committee will make the decisions. Funding may be awarded to more than one project or not at all at their discretion.

The decision of DET will be final.

The timetable will be:

June 2019 onwards – Publicise availability of funding, advise potential applicants, issue press release and application packs to potential applicants.

25th October 2019 – closing date for submission of applications

October 2019 / January 2020 – DET check / evaluate applications and carry out any necessary site visits

February 2020 – DET Management Committee meeting to consider applications and make decisions

February 2021 – funded projects to be completed

DET reserves the right to vary the above timetable if necessary.

Derbyshire Environmental Trust, County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG

Telephone: 01629 539182/538614 email: [email protected]

Cover Letter

Application Form