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Climate Challenge Fund - Apply Now

Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change.

The CCF was launched in 2008 and has supported projects led-by and involving young people at youth groups, Student Associations and uniformed organisations, such as the Scouts.

To date, the CCF has awarded grants totalling £85.8 million - supporting a range of successful projects, including energy efficiency improvements to community-owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options and community growing initiatives, plus schemes that help reduce waste and move Scotland further towards a more circular economy.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and has staff that support applicants and those awarded grants.

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 17:00 on 28 August 2017.

CCF Development Grants of up to £1,500 are available until further notice to help community-led organisations identify and scope out potential climate action projects - with the aim of enabling the organisation to apply for a CCF grant or to another funder. Applications for Development Grants are invited monthly.

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the CCF website to find out if their organisation and project idea is eligible for funding. Keep Scotland Beautiful advise all potential applicants to submit an Expression of Interest as soon as possible, (deadline is 17:00 on 28 August 2017), to allow as much time as possible to develop their application.

*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.


Litter goes literary competition

This is a photography competition with an anti-litter theme.

The Children's and Young People's Humorously Captioned Photography Competition has graduated to going international in its third year. Submit a photo of yourself picking litter, along with (a) a humorous caption and (b) one verse of eco-lyrics put to the tune of your own favourite song. You can include a pet or props in your photo.

Rules for entry

Entries are accepted from anyone in full time education up to the age of 21. Your ecologised verse to be contained in the body of the email - a single verse of eco-lyrics to your favourite song, credited, together with a humorous caption for your photograph. Attached photographs should be in jpeg, 1 MB maximum.

By entering the competition you retain your copyright on both photograph and eco-lyrics but give the Ecologisers organisation the right to use the material for publicity and promotion.

Joint or group entries are welcome. You can submit more than one entry.

Email: gaiadance@btinternet.com

Closing Date: December 1st 2017

Prizes: T.B.A.

Full details: http://www.gaiadancebooks.com/#childrens-photographic-competiton.html