Landfill tax revenues are to be used in a £750,000 programme to fund communities in need in Lincolnshire.
Recycling and waste company FCC Environment will pilot the scheme in the town of Gainsborough - and could extend it to seven other areas in the UK with £6m funding.
Research has suggested that often communities requiring funding the most do not to apply for it.
The pilot programme is being co-ordinated by community development charity Community Lincs on behalf of WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants to community, conservation and heritage projects in the UK.
It will use some of the landfill tax collected by FCC Environment via the Government’s Landfill Communities Fund (formerly the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme), which is a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme.
Mike Snell, head of external affairs at FCC Environment and director at WREN, said: “It’s a concept that aligns well with the FCC Group’s commitment to benefit the communities in which it works through the socially important services, like environmental services and infrastructure, that it provides.”