Enovert Community Trust provides grants to support community and environmental projects in a number of locations across the UK. The Trust provides funding to a broad range of projects that bring environmental benefits and have as big an impact as possible on the community.
The Trust distributes funds which are derived from a tax placed on the landfilling of waste and has distributed more than £20.8 million in grants to community and environmental projects to date.
Enovert Community Trust was established in 2003 as an Environmental Body (EB) under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The Trust was previously called Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB). Following the sale of Cory Environmental's landfill and gas division, a new landfill operator, Enovert Management Limited, came into being in 2017. CETB was renamed the Enovert Community Trust to reflect the fact that the Trust now receives landfill tax credits from Enovert Management Limited.
Enovert Community Trust operates to fulfil the following objectives:
- Funding of high-quality projects which bring maximum impact to as broad a section of the community as possible.
- Funding of projects in communities that are located within ten miles of a landfill facility operated by Enovert Management Limited or within ten miles of a waste facility managed by the company. Many of these communities are disadvantaged compared to the national average and the Trust seeks to prioritise projects that improve community amenities in such areas.
- Funding of projects that help deliver biodiversity conservation for UK species, but which also engage with the local community where possible.
- Funding of projects that will deliver enhanced recreational facilities which are accessible for the whole community.
The Trustees seek to support projects that have as big an impact on the community as possible. Projects must be able to demonstrate strong community use.
The focus of the Trust's activity is in the vicinity of Enovert's landfill sites in St Helens (Lyme and Wood), Dudley (Himley), South Gloucestershire/Bristol (Shortwood), Walsall (Highfields South), Colchester (Bellhouse), Southend-on-Sea (Barling) and Sevenoaks (Greatness). And from 1st April 2019, following the closure of the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust Company, Enovert Community Trust is also funding projects within the vicinity of Enovert’s operations in Gloucestershire, including Gloucester (Hempsted), Cheltenham (Wingmoor) and the transfer stations at Cirencester and Lydney.
Wrexham and Swansea were previously areas covered by the Trust, but the Landfill Communities Fund closed in Wales on 1 April 2018 following the devolution of landfill tax and has been replaced with a new Wales-wide scheme (see www.wcva.org.uk/funding/landfill-disposals-tax-communities-scheme), so the Trust is no longer able to support projects within Wales.