Community Climate Asset Fund
Supporting the Green Recovery in Scotland’s Communities
As Scotland emerges from COVID-19, we have a chance to build a greener, fairer and more equal society and economy.
The climate emergency has not gone away and Scottish Ministers remain absolutely committed to a just transition to net-zero emissions by 2045.
The Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF) is a Scottish Government fund, administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful.
About the CCAF
The CCAF is being introduced to:
- Build on the invaluable role that community based organisations are playing in Scotland’s response to COVID-19
- Support community groups to play a prominent role in the Green Recovery
- Provide capital funding to community based organisations to help them tackle climate change as we accelerate our just transition to a net zero society
- Complement funding provided through the Climate Challenge Fund and other community and place based initiatives
- Help communities to reduce usage of petrol and diesel cars, cut waste, grow local food and reduce emissions from community buildings.
The four key criteria of the CCAF are:
- Climate Impact - Your assets should reduce greenhouse gas emissions in your community, and help you to raise awareness and understanding of climate change and encourage people in your community to adopt lower carbon ways of living.
- Community Benefit - Your assets should provide clear benefits to your community, including those beyond your own organisation.
- Deliverability - Your application should demonstrate that you can complete your project and spend your grant by 31 March 2021.
- Maintenance - Your application should demonstrate that you have an appropriate maintenance plan as well as the resources to ensure that this is achievable.
About the grant
Only one application to the CCAF is permitted per organisation.
Grants range between a minimum of £1,000 and maximum of £100,000. There is one application process for all grants regardless of amount requested, however more detailed justification and evidence should be provided for larger grants of over £10,000.
We expect the CCAF to be extremely popular. Applications will be assessed, and funding allocated to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. There may not be enough funding to support all eligible applications received by the deadline, so we encourage application submission as soon as possible.
Match funding is a requirement for grants depending on the size of grant requested:
- Up to and including £10,000 do not require match funding.
- Between £10,000 and £30,000 you will need to provide 10% of match funding.
- For £30,000 and over, you will need to provide 20% match funding.
Match funding cannot be an ‘in-kind’ contribution in the form of volunteer or staff time. It must be funds going directly towards purchasing the asset(s) being requested.
Match funding cannot be from any other Scottish Government source.
Find out more in the CCAF Guidance Notes here.
Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply for any funding from the CCAF your organisation must be:
- Scottish-based - community-based organisations operating on a local level, registered in Scotland.
- Community focused - members of the community must be represented on the management committee/board of the organisation and/or have clear influence over the project and application.
- Operating on a not-for-profit basis - private, commercial organisations are not eligible to apply.
- Legally constituted - the organisation applying must be legally constituted before submitting their application, and must have the powers to obtain and manage capital funding.
Eligible organisations include:
- Registered Charities
- Community Councils
- Development Trusts
- Schools and Nurseries (registered as not-for profit and are eligible to apply for food growing projects only, up to £10,000 maximum)
- Community-led housing associations (for food growing projects only)
The CCAF cannot accept applications from:
- Local authorities
- Other public sector organisations
- Community Interest Companies
What can be funded?
The main types of asset that the CCAF can fund can be split under seven main headings:
- Energy efficiency measures in existing community buildings (new builds are not eligible)
- Equipment to support community food growing
- Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure for community-run car clubs, for running existing climate change projects and for delivering services that have been identified as a priority by the community as a result of COVID-19
- Bikes and facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Electric bikes and charging infrastructure for community groups running existing climate change projects
- Equipment to reduce waste in your community
- Equipment to support an established community wood fuel scheme
Further information on the above and the types of asset that are fundable and not fundable, plus an outline of ineligible costs is available in a webpage here.
All grant recipients must be able to spend all funding and complete their project on or before 31st March 2021.
All grant recipients must submit a report detailing the impact of the funding on their community, and full details of expenditure of the grant.
Find out more about all the above in the CCAF Guidance Notes here.
Applications will be assessed and funding allocated to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis with an application deadline of noon on Monday 9 November 2020. There may not be enough funding to support all eligible applications received by the deadline, so we encourage application submission as soon as possible.
Incomplete applications will be rejected and not considered for funding. Please ensure you read the guidance carefully and supply all necessary documentation at time of submission.
When completing your application you must refer to the CCAF Guidance Notes here.
Assessment process and decision-making
Once we have received your complete application, it will be assessed to ensure it fits with the fund criteria and is eligible for funding. Your application will not be considered if it is incomplete.
We will send you an email informing you whether your application has been successful or not.
We aim to have all decisions made and initial payments completed before the end of December 2020.
Find out more in the CCAF Guidance Notes here.
The CCAF Guidance Notes here contain further information about the fund.
We are also running CCAF webinars which will include a Q&A session. The first webinar took place on 13 October, with further webinars scheduled on 28 October and 3 November. You can find out more through the CCAF webinars webpage which also includes a recording from the webinar from 22 October.
If you have further questions in the meantime, please consult our FAQ's section.