Frequently asked questions

Answers to your most commonly asked questions about funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

How do I keep updated about CCF funding and support?

Are Development Grants available?

Yes, Development Grants are available in 2020 to help Scottish community-led organisations to scope out a potential climate action project.

There are monthly deadlines to submit a Development Grant application

Find out more here.


The below FAQ's relate to the 2020-22 CCF funding round which is closed to further applications:


Are full CCF Grants available?

The deadline has passed to submit an application for the 2020-22 CCF funding round.

Is there a maximum financial limit for CCF grant applications?

The maximum amount of CCF grant that a community-led organisation can receive during either 2020/2021 or 2021/2022 is £100,000.

Can a community-led organisation submit CCF applications for multiple projects?


What is the maximum period of CCF funding an organisation can apply for?

Grant Applicants for 2020-22 can apply for CCF funding for a maximum period of a two years.

Projects must commence on or after 1 April 2020 and be completed on or before 31 March 2022.

How do we know if our organisation is eligible to apply for CCF funding?

To be eligible to apply for any CCF funding your organisation will need to meet four criteria.

How do we know if our project is eligible for CCF funding?

The CCF criteria applicable for 2020-22 applications is available here for reference.

Is there a deadline by which CCF funding must be spent?

Community-led organisations are expected to complete their project within the timescales set out in their application. For example, the final date for all expenditure for 2020-22 CCF Grant Recipients is the 31 March 2022.

All the CCF funded elements of the project are required to be completed and the final report submitted reporting on the outcomes achieved and reduction in CO2e emissions on or before 31 March 2022.

What about the Ideas Bank this year?

There is no Ideas Bank for this round of applications. However, applicants can still apply deliver their project in partnership with another organisation (including organisations ineligible to apply for the CCF), subject to the requirement that delivery partners can only account for a maximum of 49% of the total project value.

The applicant also needs to submit a formal partnership agreement with their delivery partner as part of their Stage Two application.

The third party resources section of the CCF website includes listings of organisations that can offer charged-for packages of support for CCF applicants.

Can community-led organisations apply for CCF funding if they are also applying to other grant funds?

Community-led organisations are not required to find funding from other sources. Joint funded projects are welcome. Remember to check the conditions set by other grant funders to ensure they do not pose a barrier to joint funded work.  If you are seeking match funding for the project, you should demonstrate how your project will operate if you are unsuccessful in gaining match funding.

Are CCF Grant Recipients required to monitor the progress of their projects against objectives?

Yes, CCF Grant Recipients are required to monitor and evaluate their projects against the application objectives on a quarterly basis. Plans for the monitoring and evaluation of CO2e reduction and community outcomes must be included in the application. Applicants will be signposted to resources that will help them achieve this. Grant Recipients will also be expected to complete a final report at the end of the project which details their activities, outcomes and lessons learned.

Do CCF Grant Recipients need to carry out a recruitment/tender process when hiring staff/consultants?

All Grant Recipients must follow an open and transparent recruitment process for all paid staff posts funded by the CCF. Grant Recipients planning on contracting in consultants for specific elements of their project, will need at least three comparable quotes if this work exceeds £5,000.

How should community-led organisations estimate the impact of their CCF activities?

There is a CCF methodology that all Grant Applicants must follow. This is in the form of a spreadsheet called the Carbon Estimator which will help you convert changes your project is anticipated to make into CO2e reductions.

Can part of a CCF project be designed to generate an income?

Yes, applicants may include revenue generation activities in their applications. This income must be used to support further project activities that are consistent with a low carbon future, and applicants must be constituted as a not for profit organisation.

It is important to consider the long-term financial security of your community and social enterprise offers a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable way of achieving this. Further information on social enterprises can be found on our Social Enterprise webpage.

What is carbon dioxide equivalent?

Carbon dioxide equivalent (or CO2e for short) is the total impact of all the different greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. A definition can be found here.

Can community-led organisations apply for a CCF funded project that works with local businesses to cut their carbon emissions?

Yes, however, there are some cases in which this type of work might overlap with other Scottish Government funded schemes. Please check this type of proposal carefully with a Development Officer before the application deadline. Resource Efficient Scotland is the Scottish Government funded programme that helps businesses, public sector and third sector organisations save money by using resources more efficiently.

Is CCF funding available for feasibility studies?

Feasibility studies can be eligible providing they are for activities that will lead to measurable CO2e reductions in the funded period and are part of a wider project that meets all criteria. Feasibility studies on their own are not eligible.  Renewable energy feasibility studies are not eligible. For further information on support available for community energy projects see www.localenergyscotland.org

Is CCF funding available for community consultations?

Community consultations which will help a community-led organisation identify what action(s) / activities / outcomes the wider community want to address or achieve are eligible if they are part of a wider project that meets all criteria that will reduce CO2e emissions in the funded period.

Can climate change adaptation activities be included in CCF applications?

Climate change adaptation activities can be included in CCF project applications to run alongside carbon reduction measures.

Adaptation to climate change in Scotland could take many forms. A few adaptation examples CCF projects could think of including are outlined:

  • Measures such as green roofs, walls and rain gardens being installed in community owned buildings to combat overheating and flooding
  • Community growing projects including fruit trees to help produce shade to combat increasing temperature
  • Use of permeable surfaces for cycle paths etc to cut down on run off from increased rainfall
  • Drainage systems e.g. more pro-active unblocking of culverts or widening existing culverts

What if I have a question that isn't answered here?

If you still have a question or would like to discuss anything further, please contact us on 01786 468779 or ccfenquiries@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

If you are a current CCF Grant Recipient, please contact your Development Officer directly.

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