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Published : 02/11/23 | Categories: Funding | News |

The Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme 2022/23 report highlights the incredible efforts of community groups across Wales to improve the environment in their area.

This is the fifth year of operation for the Wales-wide Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme (LDTCS) and this year we saw 29 local projects and one project of national significance awarded funding. The local projects aim to take action on the environment in areas within five miles of a landfill site or significant waste transfer station.

The report highlights how the scheme is delivering against key Welsh Government priorities, including the Programme for Government published following the 2021 Senedd Elections. You can download the report here.

THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, Chairperson of the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme said:

‘Looking back over this year, the scheme has consistently received applications for fantastic community projects, some very innovative and some tried and tested approaches. Reading the content of this report, it’s brilliant to see projects that came to the panel really taking shape and having impact in their communities.

‘The themes of the LDTCS really lend to enabling initiatives which deliver benefits both with short term and long lasting impact; both in the local communities and as a network of environmental projects across Wales.’

OUR PROJECTS

The report includes case studies from previously funded organisations who have delivered incredible projects in their communities. Such as:

  • Sea Trust Wales who have collected important scientific data about the marine wildlife of the Pembrokeshire Coast, while providing valuable volunteering opportunities.
  • Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE) who have set up a ‘library of things’ where the local community can borrow household and leisure items. This helps people save money and protect the environment.
  • Menter Môn whose project protects and raises awareness of native species on Anglesey, such as water voles.
  • Buglife Wales who have restored and conserved four sites in Newport, benefitting both pollinators and the public.
  • Incredible Edible Porthmadog who have transformed a green space into an educational garden where children and the wider community can learn about sustainable food growing, biodiversity and waste reuse.
  • Play Radnor who has extended its community building, making it more sustainable, energy efficient and better suited to meet the needs of the local community.

FUNDING STILL AVAILABLE

If you feel inspired to think about ways to improve the environment in your area, a new round of the Landfill Disposal Tax Communities scheme is now open for grants between £5,000 – £49,999. The fund also offers a Nationally Significant grant, providing funding for one nationally significant project with a value of between £50,000 – £250,000 which will contribute to two or more of the fund’s themes.

The deadline for applications is 24 November 2023 at 23.59 pm, and successful projects will start in April 2024.

If you have a project idea which would benefit your community, please use the eligibility area checker on our website to see whether your project is within five miles of an eligible waste transfer station or landfill site.

The LDTCS funds projects with a focus on biodiversity, waste minimisation and the diversion of waste from landfill and wider environmental enhancements.

HELP TO APPLY

We receive a high number of applications which makes the funding process very competitive. If you would like support and guidance in the development of a project you can contact your local County Voluntary Council.

In order to submit a request for funding, you will need to register with WCVA’s Multipurpose Application Portal (MAP). If you have previously registered with MAP, you can log in by entering your username and password on the home screen.

Organisations can register by visiting the website https://map.wcva.cymru.

If you need help registering on MAP please follow this video.

If you have any questions about LDTCS please get in touch with the WCVA Grant Funds Team at ldtgrants@wcva.cymru.

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