The Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.
Community-led organisations are invited to apply for CCF funding, with grants of up to £150,000 available per organisation, per year for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020. We advise all applicants to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, as soon as possible to allow maximum time to develop their application. The final deadline to submit an EOI is 5pm on 28 August 2017.
Development Grants of up to £1,500 are also available with applications invited monthly until further notice.
The CCF has supported projects involving energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste.
Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and we have staff that support applicants and those awarded grants. We also offer free training, events and support to help communities across Scotland build their capacity to tackle climate change.
We have managed the Climate Challenge Fund since it was established in 2008 and are committed to empowering many more communities across Scotland to take action on climate change. We see this as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and more sustainable.