CCF Grants

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.

The maximum amount of grant that an organisation can receive during either 2018-19 or 2019-20 is £150,000.

  • Grant Applicants may apply for funding for a maximum period of two years.
  • Grant Applicants may apply for multiple projects, but will need to ensure that the combined total grant request for the projects is equal to, or less than £150,000 for 2018-19 and 2019-20.
  • All grant awards will be conditional on the confirmation of the Scottish Government budget.
  • 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.
  • Community-led organisations currently in receipt of CCF funding must submit an Expression of Interest if they wish to apply for further CCF funding. They will also be required to demonstrate how their new project will achieve additional outcomes.


All Grant Applicants are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest as soon as possible to enable the maximum about of time to develop their application.

  • Expression of Interest - 28/8/17 by 17:00
  • Draft Application deadline - 8/9/17 by 17:00
  • Final Application deadline - 27/10/17 by 17:00

Climate Challenge Fund project criteria

All Climate Challenge Fund projects must meet four criteria to be considered eligible for funding:

1. Community 

Community must be at the heart of decision making process of the project and projects must be designed and delivered by communities themselves.

2. Carbon Reduction

The funded activity should lead to measurable carbon reductions, improve carbon literacy and help communities move to low carbon living.

3. Sustainable Legacy 

The project should deliver a low carbon legacy, with outcomes (activities and/or behaviours) that continue after the project is completed.

4. Improved climate literacy

Projects should seek to deliver increased understanding of climate change in their communities.

You can find further information on items and activities that the CCF can fund through the sections below.


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The first stage in the CCF application process involves submitting an online Expression of Interest