Climate Challenge Fund information surgeries

There’s an open invitation to community-led organisations to discuss how their climate action project ideas might become reality through grant funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

These free events will be useful for any community-led organisation in Scotland wanting to know more about applying for funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).

The CCF Information Surgeries will include a presentation from Keep Scotland Beautiful to introduce the CCF and the support that they provide to applicants. Attendees will also be able to learn more about projects currently in receipt of CCF funding and support available from other organisations such as Zero Waste ScotlandHome Energy Scotland and Local Energy Scotland. This will be followed by a question and answer session and the chance to talk through project ideas and learn more about climate change.

You can view CCF Information Surgery dates, find out more and register to attend:

Attendees to the CCF Themed Gathering events will also be able to hear about CCF funding available and have the chance to discuss their project ideas with a Development Officer.

  • 25 July - Edinburgh (at CCF Reuse and Repair Gathering, The Remakery, Edinburgh) - Event fully booked
  • 3 August - Falkirk (at CCF Transport Gathering, Callendar House, Falkirk) - Find out more and book online
  • 16 August - Linlithgow (at CCF Home Home Energy and Community Buildings Gathering, Burgh Halls, Linlithgow) - Find out more and book online
  • 23 August - Lamancha (at CCF Food Gathering, Lamancha Fub, Whitmuir Farm) - Find out more and book online

About the Climate Challenge Fund

The CCF is a Scottish Government grants programme which is managed and administered by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.  The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to tackle climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions.

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. Development Grants of up to £1,500 are also available to help community-led organisations identify and scope out potential climate action projects - with the aim of enabling the organisation to apply for a CCF grant or to another funder.

To date, the CCF 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, plus schemes that help reduce waste and move Scotland further towards a more circular economy.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 5pm on 28 August 2017. Applications for Development Grants are invited monthly until further notice. Further information is available on the CCF website.

*For 2018-2019 some CCF Grant Recipients (with projects involving waste and circular economy activities, or installation of energy efficient measures in community-owned buildings) will be match funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF comes from the European Structural and Investment Fund.

05 July 2017

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