Derbyshire Environmental Trust

Derbyshire Environmental Trust was set up in 1997 to raise landfill funds for community and environmental projects across the county. The trust also has experience of managing other grant funding including Aggregates Levy Sustainability Funds and the Lodge House Surface Mine Community Fund.


The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF)

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) was formerly known as the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. It was set up in 1996. The fund enables landfill operators to donate part of their annual tax liability to environmental bodies such as DET. The donations can then be spent on eligible community and environmental projects.

The landfill operator can reclaim 90% of its contribution as a tax credit. The remaining 10% can be found either by them or an independent third party.

Who can apply

Applicants must be not for profit, have a constitution, elected officers and a bank account. Projects cannot already have started and must be open to the general public.

For details of the type of projects that are eligible see the approved objects document attached to this page. The project examples document, also attached gives details of schemes that have received grants.

Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET)

To meet the need for landfill tax contributions to go through an environmental body, we established DET in August 1997.

DET is registered with ENTRUST (the regulator of the LCF) as an environmental body (No. 014033). It is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee (No. 3428850) and is a registered charity (No.1115855).

The trust is also able to manage other funding streams and has previously managed Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund and the Lodge Surface Mine Community Fund.

A list of trust members is attached. To date, DET has secured over £21m from landfill operators for over 850 projects throughout Derbyshire and further afield.

Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund

The trust has administered this fund nationally since 2005. If your project is near to a Tarmac quarry, waste, cement or lime site you may be eligible to apply for a grant.

In Derbyshire, Tarmac has such sites at Whitwell, Chaddesden (in Derby), Barrow on Trent / Swarkestone, Nether Langwith, Renishaw, Cromford, Ballidon and Tunstead (near Buxton).

There are also sites at Alrewas, Oakamoor and Caldon Low (Staffordshire borders), Kirkby in Ashfield (Nottinghamshire) and Lockington (Leicestershire border). Normally projects must be in a seven-mile radius of such a site. The project site must also be within a 10-mile radius of a licensed landfill site.

For full details and an application pack:

  • email: det@derbyshire.gov.uk
  • Tel: 01629 539182 or 01629 538614
  • Write to:
    Derbyshire Environmental Trust
    County Hall
    Matlock
    Derbyshire
    DE4 3AG

Red Industries Landfill Communities Fund

The trust will be administering this fund from 2017 onwards. You can apply for a grant from this scheme if your project is within a three mile radius of the Red Industries Landfill site in Silverdale, Staffordshire, ST5 6SB or transfer station at Burslem, Staffordshire, ST6 2DZ.

Contact the Derbyshire Environmental Trust for full details and an application pack:

  • email: det@derbyshire.gov.uk
  • Tel: 01629 539182 or 01629 538614 
  • Write to:
    Derbyshire Environmental Trust
    County Hall
    Matlock
    Derbyshire
    DE4 3AG

Biffa Award

The trust is able to apply to Biffa Award for funding towards projects it has adopted. To be eligible projects must be within five miles of a Biffa Award operation and 10 miles of a licensed landfill site or 10 miles of a Biffa landfill site. The project must also meet the criteria of the Biffa Award Grant Scheme (opens in a new window).

Other sources of funding under the Landfill Communities Fund

There are other possible sources of funding available through the Landfill Communities Fund (opens in a new window) and organisations can apply to this fund directly. Please contact the trust to find out more about how to apply.

Lodge House Surface Mine Community Fund

The Lodge House Surface Mine Community Fund totalled £263,597. The fund was provided by UK Coal to provide environmental improvements and other enduring benefits for the local community around the UK Coal Lodge House Surface Mine Opencast Coal site near Smalley. The fund is now closed to new applications and all monies have been awarded to projects. A list is attached to this page.

The fund was administered by the Derbyshire Environmental Trust. Decisions on how the fund is spent were made by the Lodge House Surface Mine Liaison Group Community Fund Sub-Committee.

Related documents

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