Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to enrol with ENTRUST and register my project before applying?

No. We will consider your application before ENTRUST approvals have been met. If we are interested in supporting your project then we will make you an in-principle offer which will be subject to you meeting ENTRUST requirements. An offer from WREF does not provide any guarantee that you or your project will meet ENTRUST requirements.

However, at the application stage we do ask you to be aware of the requirements of ENTRUST and consider whether you will be able to meet them. If you do not wish to or are unable to enrol as an Environmental Body you may still be able to access WREF funding by linking with an existing EB. For more information please visit:

Do I need to provide a 3rd party contribution?

No. The 10% contribution, which is a requirement of the Landfill Communities Fund, has been donated directly by the Landfill Operators who contribute to the fund.

What are the deadlines and time scales for applications?

‘Expression of Interest’ forms may be submitted to the WREF team at Groundwork UK at any time. If your project looks suitable for WREF funding, then you will be asked to complete a ‘Supplementary Data’ form. Supplementary Data Forms will be considered in 2 rounds per year. These are in June and December. Please see the Home or Application Packs page for the exact date.

Applicants will be informed of the result within 8-10 weeks.

Is there a time limit in which my grant offer must be spent?

All WREF offers have a commencement date by which the project must be started and a completion date by which the final grant claim must be submitted. These are usually set at 12 months and 18 months from the date of the ‘in principle’ offer of grant.

Do I have to pay a 2% fee to ENTRUST?

No, we have already paid this fee.

ENTRUST tell me that my project must be within 10 miles of a landfill site. How can I find out whether my project is eligible and where my nearest landfill site is?

ENTRUST have confirmed that all of the 4 boroughs are within 10 miles of a landfill site and therefore eligible for landfill tax funding.

The Thames Waste site at Beddington Corner, Mitcham, covers the majority of the 4 boroughs. Groundwork UK can send you a map which shows this site. You will need this information when registering your project with ENTRUST.

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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