Fife Environment Trust (FET) was established in 1997. The Trust is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.
Fife Environment Trust operates via the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF) supporting worthwhile projects as a designated Approved Body by SEPA – the Regulator of the SLCF.
The principles of sustainability and responding to the climate emergency are at the centre of the Trust’s Funding Strategy. The main aim is to utilise contributions from Landfill Operators in order to maximise benefits for communities through environmental projects with a specific emphasis on:
*Communities from all areas of Scotland are eligible
FET supports all Objects of the SLCF Scheme.
The Objects of the SLCF Scheme are contained within Regulation 29(5) of The Scottish Landfill Tax (Administration) Regulations 2015 and can be summarised as follows:
Anywhere in Scotland:
A. Reclamation, remediation, restoration or any other operation intended to facilitate economic, social or environmental use on land with restricted use due to a previous activity.
B. Community based waste prevention, recycling and reuse projects.
In the vicinity of a Landfill Site or Waste Transfer Station: Provision, improvement, maintenance of a public park or other not for profit public amenity.
C. The conservation or promotion of biological diversity through the provision, conservation, restoration and/or enhancement of a natural habitat of Scotland or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural Scottish habitat.
D. Maintenance, repair or restoration of historic structures or sites of religious worship, historic, archaeological or architectural interest open to the public in Scotland, including their landscape context.
E. The provision of financial, administration and other similar services to bodies enrolled with an Approved Body. (If your project requires additional support from Fife Environment Trust, such as financial or administrative services, this must be included as part of your project application. An example of this would be assistance in relation to claiming SLCF monies awarded).
All projects must be able to demonstrate clear public access. To meet the Trust’s minimum public access requirements, project sites (whether land or buildings) must be open to the wider community for a minimum of 2 full days per week or 4 evenings per week or 12 full weeks of the year (if seasonal). In addition, all projects meeting Object B, C, D or E must be able to demonstrate that the proposal is ‘for the protection of the environment’. In the context of the SLCF, the term ‘environment’ is not restricted to the natural environment and may be applied in a wider sense, including to the physical and built environments.
Within the boundaries of all eligible SLCF Objects as outlined previously, the Trustees of Fife Environment Trust will award higher scores to those projects encompassing the following:
The Trust is unable to fund the following items:
Fife Environment Trust currently offers two levels of funding support to eligible organisations and projects:
Applicants can apply for a maximum intervention rate of 90% of total eligible project costs of no more than £10,000 (exclusive of VAT). Applications are also welcome for £10,000 requests towards the cost of large eligible projects. The Small Grants Scheme operates on a rolling basis and applications can be submitted to the Trust at any time.
As a general rule, applicants can apply for between £10,000 and £50,000 up to a maximum intervention rate of 75% of the total eligible project cost. The deadlines for the submission of Large Grant Applications are the last working day in March and the last working day in September each year, with Board meetings scheduled for the end of May and the end of November.
Any group or organisation can apply provided the following criteria are met:
Applicants must complete an application form to ensure that all relevant information is included and to ease evaluation in determining the practicality of the project and its relevance to the Trust’s Funding Strategy.
Submitted applications will be acknowledged on receipt. Upon completion of the first stage of the assessment process, applicants will be advised if any additional information is required or if a site visit is to be arranged as part of the evaluation process. Projects meeting the criteria and submitted by the closing date will be put forward for consideration by the Board of Directors at the next scheduled meeting.
All approved projects will be required to complete a quarterly monitoring submission until completion of the project. You will be asked for a quarterly monitoring update even if your project has not yet progressed to a site start. This is because we require an update on the progress being made moving towards a physical site start.
All claims must be submitted on an authorised claims form, which will be forwarded to you on request along with associated guidance. The Trust will only make payments against invoices for goods or services received or valuation certificates for building works, certified by a qualified person such as a chartered architect or surveyor. Payments will be paid as a percentage of the costs within a project as agreed i.e. if the Trust awards a 50% grant then the Trust will pay up to 50% of the value of eligible invoices for costs submitted at any one time. FET will not contribute to costs that fall outside approved purposes unless authorised by FET (in writing) before works commence. FET will not contribute to costs incurred prior to the formal offer release and acceptance by your organisation.