Giving something back

Supporting local communities: SUEZ donates almost £3 million in funding to support community projects across the UK

Almost £3 million was donated to community projects, sports clubs and charities located across the UK in 2023 from the SUEZ Communities Fund.

Originally established in 1997, the fund offers awards of up to £50,000 to not-for-profit organisations for projects which benefit the wider community and environment under the rules of the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. Money is distributed by the independent charity Grantscape Ltd from the contributions made by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, and eligible projects must be in either Scotland or around one of the 80 qualifying SUEZ sites.

Over 100 groups received funding last year in England and Scotland, with successful projects ranging from restoration works at the Customs House Theatre Trust in South Shields, the installation of a female changing room at Jarrovians RUFC in Newcastle, play area improvements for Cornwood Parish Council in Devon and an outdoor court redevelopment at Forthill Community Sports Club in Dundee.

John Scanlon, Chief Executive Officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said: “Social value and sustainability are embedded in our approach to all of our activities. As such, we’re really pleased to see a wide range of community groups and organisations benefiting their local communities and environment supported by the funding we provide as an operator of landfill facilities. We operate a number of funding schemes throughout the company alongside encouraging our staff to take volunteer days and support causes close to their hearts.”

Heyside Cricket Club based in Oldham, received £48,000 to install new washrooms and overhaul the community space to make it more comfortable for its players.

Another community benefiting from the Fund is Bury Metropolitan Borough Council, who were awarded circa £50,000 to use towards improvements to the Summerseat play area. The newly constructed play area, which is of a rustic, wooden design, includes a climbing frame, basket swing, toddler swing unit and a ground-level trampoline.

Councillor Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations, said: “This incredible play area is packed with exciting activities to support children to learn while they play. Made mostly of wood, it not only complements and blends in with the local surroundings, it’s also more sustainable with less impact on the environment.”

At a time when funds are tight for a majority of organisations, SUEZ is proud to be able to continue to offer support through the Communities Fund. For further information on the fund and eligibility, visit