Continued enthusiasm to take local climate action
We were delighted to receive more than 200 applications for 2017/18 funding available through the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). Once again this demonstrates the enthusiasm of Scottish community-led organisations to run projects that take local action on climate change. The deadline to submit a final application was Friday 16 December at 5pm.
The CCF is a Scottish Government grant programme that we manage and administer and empowers local communities to take action on climate change. Since the continuation of the Fund was announced, we have discussed hundreds of project ideas with community-led organisations from across Scotland. We've been pleased to provide additional advice and support to those organisations that decided to develop their idea into a CCF application.
The final applications are currently being assessed by our Development Officers, after which they will be summarised and sent to the independent CCF Grant Panel. The Panel will consider the applications and make recommendations to the Scottish Government of which projects should be awarded grants. The CCF Grant Panel will meet on 7th and 8th February 2017 with the organisations awarded grants commencing their projects on 1 April 2017.
There is a variety of support available through the Climate Challenge Fund for community-led organistions wanting to take local action on climate change:
- Development Grants - grants up to £1,500 are available to help community-led organisations to develop an application for future climate action funding or to support peer-to-peer learning activities that build their capacity to tackle climate change.
- Community Action Support Programme - free training, networking opportunities and resources.
- Climate Conversations - the Scottish Government is offering support for communities to hold a discussion about climate change and share the outcomes.
20 December 2016