Guidelines for Applicants

Guidance on the Fund’s priorities Project Approval Process Eligible Projects
Guidance on the Fund’s priorities

The Fund will be managed to work in partnership with local communities in the four Boroughs to promote sustainable waste management and support environmental improvements.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

- Community benefit
- Community involvement
- Evidence of need
- Financial viability and value for money
- Sustainability
- Deliverability
- Support from the community, local authority, and other relevant bodies

In this final round the Fund will only support projects which will be completed within 12 months of a funding offer being confirmed.

In this final round WREF will support at least one project in each of the four boroughs.

Payment of grant is made in arrears, against proof of actual expenditure and may be made in instalments. Grants are available for both revenue (the costs of running or maintaining a project) and capital costs (the costs of setting up or constructing a project).

The Fund will not normally provide a grant for projects where public use is restricted to small groups or private members, or for projects where there is a legal requirement or responsibility to carry them out.

It is not an absolute requirement to provide match funding, although it is seen as adding value to a project proposal. If the WREF funding is a small part of a much larger project then the WREF would like to identify a specific element which they have supported.

Projects receiving a grant are required to acknowledge the support from the Fund (through signs, leaflets, etc).

Project Approval Process Final Round
Eligible Projects

Does my project qualify?
Under the Landfill Tax regulations set by the Government, the WREF is restricted to supporting certain categories of project. Within this the Fund chooses to support projects in categories D and DA. These are listed in the table below with examples of projects which have been supported by WREF funds.

Eligible Projects Examples

D The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or public amenity where it is for the protection of the environment

NB: ENTRUST considers that the wording ‘for protection of the environment’ includes the protection of the social and built environment as well as the natural environment.

Over £3.3 million has been allocated to category D projects which have extensive community involvement and benefit.

  • Clapham Common Regeneration Phase 2; tree planting project on the Common
  • Environmental Classroom; supporting a community charity to deliver educational programmes for young people through food planting and growing
  • Lytton Estate Play Area; development of a new community play facility on an estate in West London
  • St Clement's Open Garden, redevelopment of a public open space, including landscaping works and improving access routes
DA Delivery of biodiversity conservation for UK species habitats

Since the introduction of this category in 2006 we have allocated over £320,000 to projects which focus on the delivery of biodiversity conservation, examples of completed projects include:

  • Feasibility on the River Wandle; feasibility study which looked at potential habitats for water voles on a part of the River Wandle
  • Biodiversity Improvements to Larkhall Park; project to improve the status and value of Larkhall Park's Biodiversity through planting and implementation of a habitat management plan.

For more information please contact us:
Western Riverside Environmental Fund
12 Baron Street, London, N1 9LL
Tel: 020 7239 1292, Email:
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