Statutory Annual Return Submission for EBs: Key Information and Deadlines

As an enrolled Environmental Body (EB), submitting the Statutory Annual Return (Form 4) to Entrust by April 28th each year is mandatory. This form accounts for the period from April 1st to March 31st.

All EBs must submit this form, even if no LCF funds were received or spent (a nil return) or if planning to de-register from the scheme at some point in the future. 

The return requires details of all LCF funds held or received, and any expenditure, within the reporting period. Submitting by the deadline is crucial for maintaining your EB's reputation, showcasing good governance, and avoiding breach management actions like freezing your EB status, which impacts future funding. 

1. Why is the 28th of April important?

This date marks the deadline for submitting your Statutory Annual Return. Meeting this deadline helps maintain your Environmental Body's (EB's) reputation with current and potential funders, showcases your organisation's strong governance and procedures, and avoids breach management actions from ENTRUST, such as freezing your EB status, which could impact future funding applications.

2. Non-Compliance Consequences: Implications of Missing the Deadline 

Failure to submit the Statutory Annual Return can lead to statutory breach consequences, including freezing your account, preventing you from receiving or spending LCF funds until overdue returns are submitted. Once all returns are reconciled, the freeze is lifted. Frozen EBs are listed on the Frozen EB page of Entrust's website to prevent non-compliant fund transfers. You can read more about the 'frozen' condition in the document on the right hand side of this page.

3. Governing Documents Update: Keeping EB Information Current 

It is important to remember that it is also a Statutory obligation to keep your governing members, documents, and main contact details updated. Assistance is available via guides on the bottom right hand side of this page, our Helpline on 01926 488 300 or by emailing