Funding Programmes

SITA Trust provides funding for physical improvements to community leisure amenities through the Landfill Communities Fund. Not for profit organisations including charities, local authorities and councils can apply. We support projects that make physical improvements to community leisure facilities and historic buildings / structures in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by our donor, SITA UK. Click below to see if your project site is in a SITA Trust funding zone.


Check to see if your project site is in a SITA Trust funding zone

We currently offer two funds:

Primary Fund

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations whose significant community leisure amenity improvement project has an overall cost of no more than £250,000.

  Forthcoming dates are: 


 5pm on 27th July 2015
 20th November 2015
 5pm on 12th October 2015
 19th February 2016

 5pm on 25th January 2016
 20th May 2016

Smaller Projects Fund

We appreciate that sometimes a small capital investment can make a huge difference to a community. Therefore we offer grants of up to £20,000 towards smaller projects with an overall cost of less than than £40,000.

Through this fund we are looking to support applicants requesting funding for smaller projects that take a matter of weeks or months to complete. No compliant project is considered too small and there is no minimum funding amount.

  Forthcoming dates are:


 5pm on 27th July 2015
 21st October 2015

 5pm on 12th October 2015
 19th January 2016

 5pm on 25th January 2016
 19th April 2016

How to apply

Please download and read our application guide, this will give full details of criteria which must be met in order for applications to be considered. 

If you'd like to talk to us about your particular project, or would like to clarify anything you've read within the guide please give us a call on 01454 262910. When you're confident that your organisation and project meet our criteria you can progress to our online application form.

Once you’ve registered on the online system you can revisit your form as often as you wish before submitting it to SITA Trust for consideration. As part of the online application process we will ask you to submit supplementary documents such as quotes and photographs. You will also need to complete a Project Budget document which can be uploaded as part of your application.




Contributing Third Party payment (CTP)

Before SITA Trust can release funding to a supported project we need to receive a payment called the Contributing Third Party payment (CTP). This payment is unique to the Landfill Communities Fund.



Under the Landfill Communities Fund scheme rules, SITA UK (our donor) can contribute some of the landfill tax it collects to SITA Trust, and reclaim most (but not all) as a tax credit. The scheme regulator requires a fee and each successful application also incurs other minor costs.

To make up the shortfall, SITA UK requires that 11.5% of the money provided is recovered from third parties. We call this element the Contributing Third Party (CTP) payment.

Under the rules, Landfill Communities Fund money cannot be used to provide the CTP so it must be raised from other sources. The CTP is paid to SITA UK and not SITA Trust but neither SITA UK nor SITA Trust will benefit financially. 

To calculate the value of your CTP payment simply multiply the amount you are applying for by 0.115 or 11.5%

e.g: 20,000 x 0.115 = 2,300

(to receive £20,000 of funding you must raise a £2,300 CTP Payment (to be paid to SITA UK Ltd)).

If your project site is not within one of SITA Trust's funding zones



You may wish to see if your project meets the eligibility of another Environmental Body distributing grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. Our scheme regulator ENTRUST may be able to signpost you.

If your project site is in an area governed by Lancashire County Council or Cornwall Council you will need to visit the site of your regional funding body which distributes Landfill Tax collected by SITA UK in that area. Click the name of your area above to be redirected to the correct website.

Many potential applicants find the government's funding central website a very useful resource.