Learn more about Climate Challenge Fund projects involving energy efficiency in community-owned buildings and households.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has supported projects to carry out energy efficient refurbishments of community-owned buildings, reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.

CCF projects have also worked with local households in their community to reduce energy use, bills and fuel poverty. Projects have help households to install energy efficiency measures and learn how to use energy more effciently. They've also promoted home renewable technologies and locally sourced wood fuel.

You can find out more about these projects below.

Gate Church Carbon Saving Project

Gate Church International received their first Climate Challenge Fund grant in 2013. Since then, their Gate Church Carbon Saving Project has made energy efficiency improvements to Gate Church in Dundee involving insulation, new windows and doors, LED lighting and destratification fans. The project has also run a variety of activities involving home energy, travel, food and waste to help people in the local community lead low carbon lifestyles and learn more about climate change. You can learn more about the project through the Gate Church Carbon Saving Facebook Page.


Forth Valley Communities for Conservation

Central Scotland Regional Equality Council's Forth Valley Communities for Conservation project helped Ethnic Minority and LGBTI households in Central Scotland to reduce carbon emissions by improving home energy efficiency and travelling more sustainably. Project activities included home energy advice visits and fuel-efficient driver training. The project also provided opportunities to learn more about climate change with training and support to become a community champion, inspiring positive action in others.

East Sutherland Energy Advice Service

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust ran the East Sutherland Energy Advice Service, (ESEAS), which was supported by a grant from the CCF. The ESEAS project offered home energy advice, helping the community to improve energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and helping to tackle climate change.

Green Futures project

The SCOREscotland Green Futures project, Edinburgh, works with members of black and ethnic minority communities in south west Edinburgh, raising their awareness of climate change and supporting them to take actions to reduce carbon emissions.

You can find out more about CCF projects involving energy efficiency below.

Edinbane Community Hall Association, Isle of Skye. 

Awarded a Climate Challenge Fund grant to run the Edinbane Hall Energy Efficiency project which installed new insulation, windows and doors in the hall. The project also worked with hall users and the local community to raise awareness of climate change and action that can be taken to tackle it including increased energy efficiency and lower carbon travel alternatives.

View the case study here.

EMPOWERING St Michael’s and Linlithgow project. 

Replaced inefficient lighting in the ‘Grade A’ listed building with modern LED technology. The LED lighting will substantially reduce electricity consumption and carbon emissions and has inspired the community to take similar action at home.

View the case study here.

Gargunnock Commmunity Centre, Stirlingshire.

Gargunnock Community Trust installed energy efficient measures at Gargunnock Commmunity Centre. The project also promoted energy efficiency and raised awareness of climate change in the local community.

View the case study here.

Gartmore Village Hall, Stirlingshire.

Gartmore Community Trust installed energy efficient measures at Gartmore Village Hall, providing a more sustainable community hub capable of supporting an increased number of activities and services locally.

View the case study here.

St Ninians Old Parish Chuch Hall, Stirling.

Installed energy efficient measures and promoted energy efficiency advice in the community.

View the case study here.

Let's Cook, Grow and Sew Together

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council was awarded a Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) grant to run Let’s Cook, Grow and Sew Together. This project helped ethnic minority communities across the West of Scotland to increase home energy efficiency, grow local produce and reduce the amount of food and household items being sent to landfill.

Read the case study here.


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