About Veolia's Recycling Fund for Communities

About Veolia's Recycling Fund for Communities

Boost your green project with up to £1000 from us!

If your project inspires people to do the right thing with their waste, if you plan to make use of recycled or reused materials, or if it will help protect the local environment, we want to hear from you. Your project could receive a cash boost of up to £1000, as well as access to materials, equipment and even people to help get it off the ground.

Areas of interest

Sport & Play Parks & Gardens Arts & Culture Buildings Food & Farming Streets & Infrastructure
Helped the environment

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Around the globe and in the UK, Veolia helps cities and industries to manage, optimise and make the most of their resources. The company provides an array of solutions related to water, energy and materials – with a focus on waste recovery – to promote the transition toward a circular economy.


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Why are Veolia doing this?

It’s simple really – we want to help everyone in our local communities to connect with their environment and play an active part in preserving it. What better way to do this than directly supporting local project ideas that encourage recycling, waste reduction or the reuse of materials - whether it's running swap shop events in your local community, turning empty water bottles into a greenhouse or turning an old milk float into a mobile education unit!

What is up for grabs?

We want to support the small, grass roots projects that get communities involved and make a real difference. We can give up to £1000 for any individual project and we have up £50,000 available across London and Watford between now and the end of 2017.

While we will give priority to the boroughs where we provide waste and recycling services for residents (see below), we are always open to consider innovative projects that will get results, wherever they may be.

What else can Veolia offer?

When you apply to our fund, let us know if you think staff volunteers or resources such as waste or scrap materials, soil improver, composters or tools and equipment would be useful as we may be able to provide these in addition to cash funds.

See ‘How to get involved’ section below for more details about creating a project.

What boroughs does Veolia work with in London and Watford?

  • Brent
  • Bromley
  • Camden
  • Croydon
  • Haringey
  • Kingston
  • Lambeth
  • Merton
  • Richmond
  • Southwark
  • Sutton
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Westminster
  • Watford


If you have a project idea for the Veolia Crowdfunding Initiative, you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Before you get started. Please take the time to read through the information we have provided about the kinds of projects we are looking for and who is eligible

2. Create your project page. You need to create a project page on Spacehive. This is your pitch for funding to everyone (us and the rest of the crowd). Use it to explain your vision clearly, get across your passion for your project, and show how it will have a positive impact on the area.

3. Pitch to funds. If you meet the criteria of our funding partners, you will have the opportunity to pitch for a pledge. Make sure you submit your pitch before applying for verification.

4. Get verified. Before you can start fundraising, your project details will be verified by an independent organisation - Locality.

5. Start fundraising. Get as many people as possible to show their support for your project by making a pledge - it doesn't matter whether they pledge £2 or £2,000. For us, the number of community backers you attract is as important as how much you raise.

6. Reach your target You must hit your crowdfunding target, before your deadline to secure all of your pledges from the crowd. This is an 'all-or-nothing' model.

7. Make it happen! Our team will be on hand to help you through this and offer support as you deliver your project.

Projects we want to support include;

  • Projects that encourage people to think about their waste as a resource and help protect the local environment. This can be anything from swap shop events to repair workshops, community gardens made from reused or recycled materials to food growing and composting schemes, or even campaings to promote recycling at local events.
  • Creative and innovative ideas which encourage people to recycle - from arts projects to burping bins
  • Small, grass-roots projects that are getting people involved and making a big difference.

Please note...

Everything on Spacehive must be a project

A project is something with a clear end, like building a playground, planting a tree, or putting on a festival. A project will eventually be completed, and something tangible will be produced as a result.

Projects must be civic

Projects must have a civic value, meaning the benefit should be felt in the places we share, rather than our private homes and offices. Projects can be permanent (like a new greenhouse) or temporary (like an event) and they can include revenue as well as capital costs.

Check out some of the interesting environment projects on Spacehive to give you inspiration for your project!


A pop up Saffron Farm to share with all of Croydon. Bringing the Crocus Valley to every garden and belly in Town. Discover the Croydon Saffron Central here.


Incredible Edible transforms non-traditional urban spaces into edible gardens by involving local people, businesses, schools and hospitals in local food growing all across the city of Bristol.Discover the Incredible Edible project here.


Did you know you can build your own greenhouse using inexpensive, or better yet, recycled materials? With willing helpers and hundreds of plastic bottles, we've created a plastic bottle greenhouse to help protect and nurture plants. Discover the Community Greenhouse from Recycling here.


Transforming a milk float into a mobile potting shed and nature classroom that will empower communities to transform unloved spaces into on-the-doorstep veg patches and wildlife havens.Discover the Islington Gro-Mobile here.


A fabulous educational space to inspire children and adults about wildlife, conservation, the environment - connecting them with nature and the outdoors! Discover the Greenwich Outdoor Classroom here.

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