To receive funding from the Trust, your project must be based in the area of benefit (see map) and must fit into one of the categories set out in the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996 (see table below).

Veolia North Thames Trust Map


Project Category Example
D.(i) The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park (where it is for the protection of the environment).(ii) The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public amenity, (where it is for the protection of the environment). Almost any improvements to public open spaces, including childrens’ play equipment, planting, paths etc. It is very wide ranging and can cover woodland areas, tree planting, community facilities, community and church halls etc. See below for more details.
DA. The provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a specific natural habitat or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat. The study of animals or plants on land or in water. Works to a specified site that may be beneficial to bio diversity or natural conservation in general.
E. The maintenance, repair or restoration of a building or other structure which is a place of religious worship or of historic or architectural interest. Churches, listed buildings etc.They must be open to the public and not operated for profit.

Category D, public amenity, is the most wide ranging. This is not defined by law, so it is up to you to consider whether your project could be classified as a public amenity, or whether it may be eligible under a different category. A public amenity should be open to the public for a minimum of 4 evenings or 2 days every week or a total of 104 days in a year. It should be open to all and not be operated for profit, even if there is a charge for its use. 

  • Buildings or sports facilities where the use is restricted to a small group
  • Private clubs with excessive membership fees or restrictive practices
  • 100% of a project. We require evidence of either a proportion of self funding and/or funding pledges from other grant making organisations.
If you think your project meets these requirements, please contact our Project Officer, Gary Baker and discuss it with him. He will then send you an application form to complete and return to the Trust office.

Your application will then be considered by our Trustees at the next Trust meeting. If the Trustees approve the funding, you will be asked to sign a funding agreement.

We will register your project with ENTRUST. Once this has been done, we will advise you in writing that you can make a start on your project.

You must submit regular update reports to the Trust. Payments will be made by cheque on receipt of a copy of a paid invoice. We also require a completion report before the balance of grant is paid in full.

Funding process:

Project Enquiry
Application form sent out
Application received in the office
Project appraised by project officer
Trustees consider applications at bimonthly meetings

Links Other potential useful sources of funding
Awards for All
Big Lottery Fund
Big Society (Essex County Council)
Essex Community Foundation
Heritage Lottery Fund
Jack Petchey Foundation
Association of Charitable Foundations
Directory of Social Change
Grants Expert
London Funders

Is there a deadline for submitting an application?

The Trust holds meetings every two months. Contact our Project Officer as early as possible to make sure he has as much information as he needs to take your application to the next available meeting.

Who can apply for a grant?

You can apply for a grant if you are a properly set up group with a constitution and bank account.

How long will the process take?

There is no set timescale for an application to be processed. It could take two – three months from submission of an application  – to the Trust telling you your the project can go ahead, on receipt of the signed funding agreement from you. The process could take longer, as we may ask for extra information, your funding decision may be deferred or you may have to adapt your plans.

How much money should I apply for?

There is no set amount. The Project Officer can discuss this with you.

If my application is turned down, how long do I have to wait before I can apply again?

The Project Officer will advise you on this

When can we start work on the project?

We will write to tell you your the project can go ahead once you have returned the funding agreement and ENTRUST registration is in place.

When must my project be finished?

Should the Trust agree to support your project, Trust staff will agree with you a realistic date by which works must be completed and all the grant claimed.

When will the grant be paid?

Payment of the grant depends on the size and nature of your project. We will always try to be flexible, in order to ease any potential cash-flow difficulties during the course of your project.

Can the Trust withdraw the grant?

If we find the project is not being delivered as agreed, we may consider withdrawing the funding. However, this is the last resort and we will work with you to find a solution before we even consider doing this. We want to see a completed project and will do everything in our power to ensure it succeeds.

What if the project gets into difficulties?

You will need to inform us as soon as possible if you have any difficulties with your project. We may be able to help you, but we need to know what is happening and why?