Ideas Bank

The Ideas Bank aims to open up the Climate Challenge Fund to enable previously ineligible bodies to contribute ideas and expertise to grassroots communities to enable them to take action on climate change.

About the Ideas Bank

The innovative Ideas Bank was originally introduced in 2013. It helped to extend the reach and increase the impact of the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) by sharing the expertise of organisations previously not eligible to apply for CCF funding with community-led organisations. 

Eligible CCF project templates were submitted by 'Proposing Organisations', including local authorities and national charities. Community-led organisations used these templates to prepare an application to the CCF in partnership with the Proposing Organisation and paid them to provide specified support and resources.

The Ideas Bank reopens

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and is reopening the CCF Ideas Bank. We invite Proposing Organisations to again submit templates of eligible projects which community-led organisations can use to prepare an application to the CCF in partnership with the Proposing Organisation.

How to submit a template to the CCF Ideas Bank

We invite Proposing Organisations to submit an Ideas Bank template which should include an outlines of their project idea, how it meets CCF criteria, the support and resources they can offer and their previous experience of working with community-led organisations. We will assess the submitted template for compliance with CCF criteria before inclusion in the Ideas Bank.

In general, Proposing Organisations should be not-for-profit bodies. The below is a list of eligible organisations:

  • NGO
  • national or local charity
  • local authority
  • community based organisation
  • umbrella organisation
  • federation of organisations

To submit an idea please download and complete the Ideas Bank Template Form and Guidance Notes.

How to apply for CCF funding using a template from the CCF Ideas Bank

Once eligible ideas are submitted to the Ideas Bank they will appear online here.

The assumption will be that a community-led organisation will apply to the CCF in partnership with the Proposing Organisation.  The community group will be able to pay the Proposing Organisation to provide the identified support and resources within a maximum proportion of the overall project budget.

The unique element of the Ideas Bank applications is that a Partnership Agreement between the community group and the Proposing Organisation and must be agreed and submitted with their CCF application form.  This is a vital element of the application and will evidence the relationship between the organisations involved and the sharing of project implementation

Ideas Bank case study

Western Isles Council submitted a project template for a community growing project to the Ideas Bank. Horshader Community Development partnered with Western Isles Council to submit an application for CCF funding using their Ideas Bank template. The CCF application for Horshader Community Growing Project was awarded funding in 2014 and helped to reduce local carbon emissions and meet both community and local authority objectives.