Youth Climate Action

Projects led by and involving young people taking local action on climate change can apply for funding through the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). Applications are invited for 2017/18 CCF funding with 28 October 2016 being the deadline for an Expression of Interest.


Projects led by young people have previously received funding and support through the Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF). A Youth Panel was established in 2012 to make recommendations to the Scottish Government of which projects should be awarded JCCF grants. The Panel were supported by Keep Scotland Beautiful and Young Scot and awarded grants of £916,333 to 13 youth-led projects taking local action on climate change. When funding for projects led by and involving young people was made available directly through the CCF, a number of Youth Panel members sat on the CCF Grants Panel.


You can find out more more about some of the youth climate action projects funded through the JCCF and CCF in the videos below.


Chain Reaction is a programme of cycling activities delivered by young people in the Muirhouse Pilton and Granton areas of Edinburgh. Awarded a JCCF grant of £98,795 in February 2014 and applied successfully for a CCF grant in 2015/16.



LEAP Yep, (Local Energy Action Plan Youth Engagement Programme): a series of workshops, pop up events and social gatherings devised by and for young people across four communities in Renfrewshire. Through activities such as Recycle and Dye workshops the project is enabled young people to learn about their environment and gain practical skills to reduce their carbon emissions. LEAP have been awarded funding through both the JCCF and CCF.



Charlie’s Plot: a project led by young people in Methilhill, Fife to grow and cook their own fruit and vegetables, learn about climate change and to share that information with their community. Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative was awarded a JCCF grant of £29,904 to support the young people.



UPower: a project managed by a youth panel and supported by Rural and Urban Training Scheme Ltd (RUTS) and was awarded a JCCF grant of £221,558 in June 2014. The project has since secured further CCf funding and works with primary and secondary schools, youth groups and community groups in Midlothian to promote lower carbon behaviour such as cycling instead of car use.