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About the fund

The CEMEX Community Fund is a not-for-profit organisation which is funded by landfill tax credits and donations from CEMEX UK. The Fund is run independently and provides grants to projects which improve local community facilities and places of interest near CEMEX sites across the country.

To qualify for a grant, projects need to be located within 10 miles or less of a landfill site. To qualify for a grant, projects also need to be close to one of CEMEX UK’s operational sites across the country, be they landfill sites, quarries, concrete or cement plants. You can check your proximity to a CEMEX site here:

Applications tend to far exceed available funds, and so applications for projects that are located more than three miles from a CEMEX site are unfortunately rarely considered.

There are two application rounds per year, when grants ranging from £1,000 to £15,000 are awarded to projects which improve or enhance local community facilities and places of interest, primarily within the areas of conservation and heritage.

The CEMEX Community Fund is run by a Board which is separate from CEMEX and operates under the Landfill Communities Fund regulations.

Dr Malcolm Aickin TD, Chairman

Dr Aickin has chaired The CEMEX Community Fund since its inception. He is also Chairman of the Environment Council, Green Cone Ltd and the Environmental Bodies Council. He is Trustee of The Environment Foundation. He was previously Assistant Secretary General at Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and has worked on environmental liabilities in the insurance industry and for environmental consultancy Dames and Moore.

Ian Southcott, Board Member

Mr Southcott has worked in the construction materials industry for over 30 years and is currently Community Affairs Manager for CEMEX UK, where he is responsible for establishing and maintaining positive links with a wide variety of stakeholder groups that have an interest in or are impacted by the company’s operations. Supporting community and charitable activities is an important element of this work. He is also a Trustee of the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund and the CEMEX Foundation.

Tracey Neal, Administrator

Tracey Neal is responsible for the day to day running of the Fund which includes monitoring and project application assessment, reporting to the Board, supporting four funding Board Meetings per year, liaising with applicants and reporting to Entrust.