Urbaser Community Fund

The Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Community Fund  is open to constituted community groups in the parishes of Hardwicke, Quedgeley, Brookthorpe-with-Whaddon, Haresfield, Harescombe, Standish, Moreton Valence, and Whitminster.

The Fund is managed and run by community representatives from the Community Liaison Group (CLG), with an aim to support local groups and organisations who are running projects that benefit the environmental, and societal or community causes.

Urbaser, which is responsible for environmental and waste operations at the Gloucestershire Energy from Waste facility opening in July 2019, will provide the capital for the fund which is £25,000 per annum. In addition, Urbaser will undertake a small administrative duties for the application process.

However, the company is not involved in setting criteria for applications, or the evaluation and decision making processes associated with the fund. This is entirely led by the community committee representatives from the UBB CLG.


The UBB CLG meets bi-monthly to review progress at the facility, and discuss issues of interest. The group comprises local parish council representatives, district and county council members, immediate residents, and representatives from authorities including the Environment Agency and the Waste Planning Authority.

Members of the CLG have volunteered to become part of the committee of community representatives who have set the criteria for Community Fund applications, and will be responsible for the evaluation and decision making process.

Application information

The Urbaser Community Fund is open for applications from March 2019.

Constituted community and parish organisations from Hardwicke, Quedgeley, Brookthorpe-with-Whaddon, Haresfield, Harescombe, Standish, Moreton Valence, and Whitminster are able to apply for a share of a £25,000 fund for projects that meet the criteria of two categories: environmental benefit and social/community benefit.

The fund will be made available annually and will increase by the Retail Price Index (RPI), with applications opening in March and closing at the end of June. The successful groups will be awarded their share of the funds in late September.

The types of projects that may be supported by the Community Fund includes, but is not limited to:

  • Minimising waste

  • Limiting pollution

  • Minimising use of resources

  • Enhancing biodiversity

  • Enhancing places

  • Reducing crime and fear of crime

  • Strengthening local communities

  • Creating opportunities for culture, leisure, and recreation

  • Promoting health and wellbeing, including mental health

  • Supporting and promoting activities for younger people

  • Supporting and promoting activities for older people

A full list of criteria for applicants can be found here.

If you fit these criteria and would like to apply, please download and complete the application form here.

For all enquiries and submissions, please email communityfund@ubbgloucestershire.co.uk.

Alternatively, the postal address for applications is:

Attention Mr. K. Lee: Community Fund,
Urbaser Environmental,
Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility,
Bath Road,
GL10 3DP