We are committed to doing all we can to combat flytipping but recognise that we can't do it alone. With the introduction of our Litter Strategy and Action Plan, Falkirk Council is keen to support environmental measures to reduce incidents of illegal dumping, litter and dog fouling.

The Environment Improvement Fund helps individuals, groups or landowners carry out projects, clean-up events or introduce prevention measures that will encourage residents, businesses and landowners to Take Pride in Falkirk.

How much is the grant?

£20,000 will be allocated to the fund each financial year by the council (subject to review).

We expect maximum awards of £5,000.

Funding will be available on an annual basis and we encourage early applications for the fund.

Awarded funds should be spent within 3 months of receipt. At the end of the project or before 31 March of the following year, a monitoring form must be submitted to evaluate the success of the project.

What can it be used for?

Funding can be used for:

  • purchasing tools for regular clean-ups such as litter picking hoops, litter pickers or hi-vis vests
  • hire of waste equipment
  • waste disposal costs, such as private skip hire
  • anti-flytipping measures such as installation of physical barriers, local campaigns, signage, or purchase of camera equipment/trail cameras
  • clearance where landownership cannot be readily established
  • bin security eg locks
  • educational workshop costs eg staff
  • material costs
  • to enhance/improve elements of an existing project can be considered

Funding cannot be used for:

  • any item bought before the signed grant award letter acceptance is returned to us
  • gardening equipment

Who can apply for funding?

  • individuals
  • community groups
  • schools
  • businesses
  • private landowners

These lists are not final and other projects that prevent or clean up fly tipping, litter or dog fouling in the Falkirk area will be considered. If you're unsure or would like to talk to us about a project email wasteservices@falkirk.gov.uk.

Part funding

Funding can be provided to support part of a project. Please detail the specific elements that the Environment Improvement Fund will support and identify how other elements of the project will be paid for such as match funding. It is expected that the group or individual will contribute where possible for example through time, transport or material.

How to apply

Terms and conditions

Funding successes

Friends of Inchyra Park

Councillor Garner with members from the Glitter Team and Friends of Inchyra Park beside their new trailer

Friends of Inchyra Park purchased a new trailer from the Environmental Improvement Fund to help support clean up activities and waste collected from litter picks. They are sharing the trailer with the Glitter community group who host regular litter picking events across Grangemouth.

"The Environmental Improvement Fund gives the opportunity for local groups, individuals and communities to come together to keep our environment clean and tidy. Not only will it promote sustainability and empower our communities, but it will also encourage people to take pride in their local area, so if you have an idea for a project, get in touch and apply!" Councillor Garner, Spokesperson for the Environment

Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhil

A Community safety consultation identified need to prioritise littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling throughout the local community. This led to the creation of the tidy clean and green campaign, tidy, clean and green group and development of a local litter action plan and the very recent formation of the Tidy, Clean and Green Community Group. Funding from the Environmental Improvement Fund will be used to implement a creative messaging project throughout Camelon and Tamfourhil working in partnership with local primaries and youth groups and community artists. Anti-litter signage, a mural and portable displays will be created in participatory workshops to create visible, accessible, and engaging artwork all focused on the theme of keeping the community: tidy, clean and green.

"This is a great learning opportunity for local young people and will empower them to have a creative voice in promoting a cleaner, greener, and tidier Camelon and Tamfourhill. It is both an educational and an artistic programme with the overarching aim of facilitating sustainable environmental improvement for these local communities. This project builds upon the successful ongoing partnership between Falkirk Council and the Our Place project and through the award going to the Tidy, clean & Green community group this Project is an excellent example of community involvement and empowerment." John R Hosie, Community Safety Engager, Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill.

Long term equipment loan

Through the Environmental Improvement Fund we have provided litter pick equipment such as litter pickers and hoops to organisations, community groups, Primary schools and Nursery's.