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Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust

15 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available to community groups and organisations for environmental and community projects that are within a 10-mile radius of either Hespin Wood or Flusco Pike landfill sites (in parts of Eden, Carlisle and Allerdale).

Fund Information

Funding body:
Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust
Maximum value:
£ 30,000
Application deadline:


Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust (CWMET) was established in 1999, principally to enable efficient and effective distribution of grants arising under the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme, now known as the Landfill Communities Fund.

The Trust receives funding from Cumbria Waste Management Ltd and Lakeland Waste Management Ltd within the terms of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Objectives of Fund

The Trust acts as a grant distribution body, and aims to fund environmental and community projects within the local authority areas of Carlisle, Eden and Allerdale, where the project is within 10 miles of Hespin Wood or Flusco Pike landfill sites.

Grants are available for Parish Councils, community groups, and other non-profit organisations with projects in these areas.

Value Notes

Grants available for Object D & Da are:

  • Minimum Grant of £2,000
  • Maximum Grant of £30,000

Grants for Object E

  • Maximum Grant of £5,000.

Third Party Funding

To receive Landfill Tax funding from CWMET, applicants must be able to source a contribution of 10% of the Landfill Tax being requested from a Third Party (ie an organisation not related to the applicant and not an Environmental Body). 

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must show what other sources of funding have been sought and secured.

Eligible sources of match funding include support from local authorities/Government departments, Lottery or European funding sources, charities or the applicant's own resources.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit constituted community groups and organisations which use any money for the benefit of that organisation and are not controlled by a local authority may apply.

Applications are considered in a 10 mile radius of Hespin Wood CA6 4BJ and Flusco Pike CA11 0JB.  Under certain circumstances this may be extended to a 15 mile radius but this needs to be agreed by the Grant Manager prior to application.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Retrospective costs.
  • Any statutory duties or legal requirements. 
  • Purchase or lease of vehicles or moveable equipment.
  • Projects located on allotments.
  • Projects located in public libraries.
  • Any work relating to car parks.
  • Any work relating to public toilets.
  • Community cafes.
  • Community art and/or sculptures.
  • Projects located at leisure centres, swimming pools or sports facilities that are owned and managed by a Local Authority.
  • Projects located at leisure centres, swimming pools or sports facilities that are of a maintenance focus.
  • Projects located within schools or on school grounds.
  • Scout halls and other uniformed group HQs where there is no evidence of wider community use.
  • Any works to public highways, roads (either on or off project site, adopted or unadopted) pavements beside highways, roundabouts. This does not include recreational footpaths, bridle paths or cycle ways.
  • Litter bins, dog bins and lamp posts.
  • Village or town centre enhancements such as walkways, street works or signage.
  • Projects involving membership-only organisations where the general public (ie non members) are unable to use their facilities.
  • Administration posts.
  • Projects in hospital grounds, hospices, day care centres, residential homes or sheltered accommodation.
  • Offices of charities, citizen advice bureaus, offices of statutory service providers and any other charity building where the primary purpose is other than the provision of community facilities.
  • Projects to provide or enhance overnight accommodation or residential areas of any amenity.
  • War memorials that do not have full public access or are not located within a public park.
  • Construction costs of new community buildings or extensions.

Eligible Expenditure

All projects must be within a 10-mile radius of either Hespin Wood or Flusco Pike landfill sites.

The funding is only for projects falling under the following categories:

  • OBJECT D - To promote, undertake, fund and assist the provision, maintenance or improvement of public parks or other public amenities, provided that it is for the protection of the environment, and the maintenance, repair or restoration of buildings or other structures open to the public.
    • Examples: Village halls, children’s play equipment, village greens, museums, country parks, community gardens, woodland improvements, cycle paths, public rights of way footpaths and nature reserves
  • OBJECT Da - To promote, undertake, fund and assist the protection of the environment by the conservation or promotion of biological diversity through:
    • (a) the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a natural habitat; or
    • (b) the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat, on land or in water
  • OBJECT E - Places of religious worship, or of historic or architectural interest, provided it is for the protection of the environment. Object E grants are limited to a maximum of £5,000 request.


10 mile radius of Hespin Wood CA6 4BJ and Flusco Pike CA11 0JB

How To Apply

Applications are assessed at Grant Panel meetings, which are held three times a year. The next application deadlines are:

  • 14 September 2021
  • 11 January 2022

An application form and guidelines are available upon request from the Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust.

Applicants should contact the Trust to ensure they have the most up-to-date application guidance.

Work cannot commence on the project until a formal offer letter has been issued and the acceptance returned. Formal offer letters will not be issued until after the relevant Trustees meeting and following formal registration of the project.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Helen Squires
    Grants Manager
    Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust
    Unit 5A
    Wavell Drive
    Rosehill Estate
    CA1 2ST
    Tel: 01228 822106
    Email: [email protected]

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