Development Grants

Development Grants up to £1,500 have been available from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to help community-led organisations develop an application for future climate action funding or to support peer-to-peer learning activities that build their capacity to tackle climate change.  This follows the successful allocation of 96 Development Grants in 2014/15 which supported a wide variety of community-led organisations develop their Climate Challenge Fund applications and built their capacity to take climate action.

 

Applications are currently closed. We will announce future deadlines on our website, social media and the CCF newsletter, which you can register for via the CCF website homepage.

 

Who can apply for a Development Grant?

 

Scottish based community-led organisations are eligible to apply.

 

The four criteria for meeting the status of “community-led organisation” are that your organisation must be:

 

  1. Scottish based
  2. Led by the community
  3. Operating on a not for profit basis, and
  4. Legally constituted (by the time of being awarded funding, if not at the time of application).

 

The type of community-led organisations from which we have received applications includes, but is not limited to:

 

Arts groups, sports clubs, community councils, faith groups, student unions, residents associations, local charities, food groups, community-led housing associations and development trusts.

 

How can Development Grants be used?

 

Development Grants may be used to support the development of a climate action project or to develop the capacity of your organisation to tackle climate change through Peer-to-Peer learning.

 

1. To develop an application for a climate action project

 

The activity you are seeking a Development Grant for should contribute to the development of a climate action project whether through any future Climate Challenge Fund grants made available or another grant programme. Some eligible activities are outlined below.

 

  • A consultation event. Eligible expenditure includes, but is not limited to venue hire, advertising, catering and expenses of speakers, a consultant or facilitator.

 

  • Planning or developing a project using the Shifting Normal methodology. Eligible expenditure includes, but is not limited to the services of a consultant.

 

  • Training, including on the Shifting Normal methodology that should be used to plan and develop CCF projects. Eligible expenditure includes, but is not limited to expenses of a trainer visiting you, course costs, meals and costs of attending external training or paying for online training materials.

 

  • Application writing support, this could include reviewing your existing CCF project using the Shifting Normal methodology.  This will assist you to identify how a future project could build on the successes of your previous project.  Eligible expenditure includes, but is not limited to expenses of a consultant and travel to visit a consultant.

 

The Shifting Normal methodology can help your community to design and deliver a successful project to tackle climate change by taking account of what influences people to change their behaviour.  It also provides practical advice to help you to plan, undertake and review your activities. If applicable you should state in the appropriate section of your Development Grant application how you plan to use the framework. You can read more about the Shifting Normal methodology and download guides here.

 

2. Peer-to-Peer Learning

 

The activity for which you are seeking a Development Grant should help your organisation develop capacity to tackle climate change through peer-to-peer learning. Some eligible activities are outlined below.

 

  • Visiting another community-led organisation that is taking climate action to learn about their activities. Eligible expenditure includes, but is not limited to staff costs, travel costs, accommodation and meals.

 

  • Touring a number of community-led organisations that are taking climate action to learn about their activities. Eligible expenditure includes, but is not limited to staff costs, travel costs, accommodation and meals.

 

  • Hosting another community-led organisation to learn about their climate action activities. Eligible expenditure includes, but is not limited to staff costs, accommodation and catering.

 

  • Working with another community-led organisation to support the development of your organisation’s project. Eligible expenditure includes consultancy fees and associated expenses.

 

The application procedure

 

Applications are now closed.  Previous deadlines detailed below.

 

Deadline for submission  

Grants considered   

Grant paid

 

11 November

25 November

All grants to be paid on receipt of grant acceptance paper and claim form, (schedule two)

2 December

16 December

13 January

27 January

   
   

 

If your application is approved you will be sent grant acceptance papers within 10 working days from the consideration date. Your grant will be paid once you have completed and returned the acceptance paper and claim form, (schedule two).

 

Spending the grant 

 

The grant should be spent and the project completed by 31 March 2017.

 

All successful applicants will be required to complete and submit a short report template at the end of this period to share learning and help evaluate the success of the scheme.

 

The Shifting Normal methodology can also be used to help you complete the report template.

 

Questions

 

Please check our Development Grant Frequently Asked Questions to see if they answer your question.

 

If you still have questions after reading all the guidance on this webpage and consulting the Development Grant Frequently Asked Questions you should contact your Development Officer if you are a current CCF grant recipient.  All other community-led organisations should call 01786 471333 or email ccfenquiries@keepscotlandbeautiful.org