Amey Community Fund

Amey offers a comprehensive and innovative waste service to businesses, local authorities and the general public from their 200 hectare (500 acre) site in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.

As main waste contractor for Cambridgeshire County Council, Amey provide a landfill and waste processing facility for 200,000 tonnes of the county’s waste each year and in addition operate a state-of-the-art composting system.

By helping to dispose of waste carefully and developing innovative recycling processes, Amey is playing a part in improving the local environment. In addition, the Amey Community Fund offers grants for the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other general public amenity; the conservation of a specific species or a specific habitat where it naturally occurs OR the repair, maintenance or restoration of a Place of Worship or a Place of Architectural Importance.

The Amey Community Fund, managed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, receives landfill tax credits from Amey and uses the money to make grants under set criteria.


Before considering making an application, please review your organisational capacity.  Your organisation must have the resources to competently deal with the application process.  Whilst past experience of making a funding request is not needed, familiarity with budgets, cash flow, VAT, procurement (including competitive tendering for contracts over £10,000) and policy documents ( for Equality, Safeguarding etc) is advantageous. Overall, the process is detailed and will require someone's committed attention.  

Having considered organisational capacity, to be eligible to apply, a project must:

  • Be ready to start (i.e. have secured the majority of your funding, have planning permission, have identified builders etc) within 3 months of the next expression of interest deadline.
  • Be in Cambridgeshire (the Fund does not cover Peterborough);
  • Be able to contribute 11% of the value of the grant amount you are seeking, on top of any match funding required to make up total project costs. If you are offered a grant, this 11% sum must be paid directly to AmeyCespa in order to release the grant payment;
  • Be ready to start (i.e. have secured the majority of your funding, have planning permission, have identified builders etc) within 3 months from when you submit your expression of interest BUT you must not have made any financial commitment - ie signed a contract for work to be delivered - before you apply.  Indeed, a financial commitment to a contractor or any other supplier must only be made once the a formal grant offer letter is received, otherwise your project is not eligible to receive a grant.

Your organisation must be not for profit and have a Constitution, Equal Opportunity Policy, Safeguarding Policy, Conflict of Interest Policy, an independent management committee and two independent financial signatories. Applicants must also provide a public access statement which sets out how the proposed new facilities/funded areas will be accessible to the general public. We fund projects run by Parish Councils but we do not invite applications from District, City or County Councils.

Landfill Sites Map

To be eligible for an Amey grant, projects must be within 10 miles (as crow flies) of any licensed landfill site – click here to find your local landfill sites. 

ENTRUST Objectives

Projects must be in accordance with ENTRUST’s Objects D, DA and E as listed below:

OBJECT D – The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other general public amenity. Projects which do not relate to a park must relate to another amenity. According to the 2010 guidance, "An amenity is something that makes the environment more pleasant or comfortable and/or improves the aesthetic qualities of an area for the general public".

OBJECT DA – The conservation of a specific species or a specific habitat where it naturally occurs.

OBJECT E – The repair, maintenance or restoration of a building or structure which is a Place of Religious Worship or a Place of Historical or Architectural Importance, which is open to the general public (and the public should benefit from the project going ahead), and is situated in the vicinity of a landfill site. This objective does not allow works to private residences.

CAR PARKS - As from October 2014, support is not being offered to build or improve car parking facilities.

ENTRUST is the organisation that regulates the use of landfill tax credit. You can find out more information about the Landfill Communities’ Fund by visiting;

Guidance Notes

For full details of the eligibility criteria and the Amey Community Fund Application Process, download the Amey Community Fund Guidance Notes

Grant Size

Grants will be offered in range of £10,000 to £100,000 (with the exception of requests under Object DA where the minimum threshold is £5,000).

Applications that have sourced some of their project costs (over and above the required 11% contribution) from other sources will be considered more favourably than those requesting the full amount from the Amey Community Fund.

Groups applying should be aware for their cash flow planning that grants will be paid in a maximum of two instalments when evidence of expenditure has been provided.

Funded Projects

Click here to see map showing some of the community, environmental and heritage projects run by non-profit organisations based in Cambridgeshire, within 10 miles of a landfill site, that have been helped by the Amey Community Fund.

Hardwick Parish Council received £36,750 provide playground equipment for the older children in the village as part of their play park redevelopment.

Ely Outdoor Sports Association receive £32,500 to replace their astro turf pitch and shock pad.

St Peter & St Paul's Church (Chatteris) received £30,000 to refurbish the Bricstan Hall including redecoration and refitting the kitchen.

Cambridge Leisure and Ice Centre received £34,485 to provide a Low Emissivity ceiling as part of the new permanent ice rink in Cambridge.

David Parr House received £38,585 to conserve and restore the house including decorative wall paintings by David Parr.