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New funding available for communities to take action on climate change

New funding available for communities to take action on climate change

Climate Challenge Fund opens for applications

Community-led organisations from across Scotland are set to benefit from the opening of the Climate Challenge Fund to support local action to tackle climate change.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, yesterday (13 June) invited community-led organisations to apply to the Climate Challenge Fund, with grants of up to £150,000/yr per organisation.

The hugely successful Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has supported 622 community-led organisations since its introduction in 2008, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, growing local food and resource efficiency.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, commented:

“Scotland is making sustained progress in delivering our climate change ambitions. However, there is still much more that we can do and community action is critical if we are to meet our ambitious emissions reduction targets.

“The Climate Challenge Fund supports a range of projects that help inspire people to care about climate change and involve everyone in taking action as part of their everyday lives.”

The Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government grants programme, managed and administered by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, which provides funding and support for community groups to tackle climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions. The Fund will also include a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund in 2018-19.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive at Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“Climate change impacts all of us and we need collective action to tackle it. This funding will support communities from across the country to take vital local action by making their climate change projects a reality.

“We look forward to supporting many groups with their applications and empowering them to take action to help Scotland realise its carbon reduction ambitions.”

Climate Challenge Fund Development Grants of up to £1,500 are also available to help community organisations identify and scope out potential climate action projects – with the aim of enabling the organisation to apply for a Climate Challenge Fund Grant or alternative external funding.

To date, the Fund has awarded grants totalling £85.8 million – supporting a range of successful projects, including energy efficiency improvements to community-owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options and community growing initiatives, alongside schemes that help reduce waste and move Scotland further towards a more circular economy.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland said:

“From setting up sharing libraries and training people to repair things, to taking action on food waste and running local re-use shops – there are many ways communities can come together to reduce waste and create a more circular economy. Scotland’s already a world-leader for the circular economy so we’re delighted to be able to support more local action using investment from the European Regional Development Fund.

“We look forward to communities all over Scotland coming forward with great ideas to make the most of this funding opportunity.”

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a Climate Challenge Fund grant, is 5pm on 28 August 2017.

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit www.climatechallengefund.org for further information or contact Keep Scotland Beautiful with any queries.