Community Climate Action Plan support

Apply now for free support to develop a Community Climate Action Plan

We are delighted to offer a free package of support to a help a community in Scotland to develop its own Community Climate Action Plan.

The successful applicant will receive support from our experienced community climate facilitator to help their community to develop its own plan. In addition, we’ll highlight inspiring ideas from across Scotland and beyond and signpost to potential funding and further technical advice.

This opportunity is being provided as part of the Community Leader Climate Programme which is funded by the Scottish Government.

The application deadline is 9am on Monday 24 August 2020.

What’s a Community Climate Action Plan?

Its purpose is to help your community to understand the climate emergency, explore the options and then turn ideas and ambition into practical action.

It starts with a vision of what your community could look like if local people took collective action to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

It identifies the simplest and easiest things that your community could do quickly using its existing skills, interests, assets and opportunities. It also identifies more ambitious things that you could do in the medium term with the support of further advice and additional funding from known sources.

It’s inspiring enough to get people excited but practical enough to turn into real action. 

Its goal is to get as many people involved as possible, but it needs to be owned by a core group of people who are committed to seeing the plan become a reality.

What’s involved?

A core group of five to ten people representing a wide range of community interests develop the plan with the support of an experienced KSB facilitator and in discussion with the wider community.

The process involves a number of online planning meetings (approximately six or seven) of approximately 90 minutes each with some ‘homework’ tasks in between (such as research or consulting with others in the community). Meetings can take place during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend, whatever is most suitable for participants. Physical meetings might be an option later on in the process if the situation allows.

We are aiming to begin the process at the start of September and conclude by the end of January.

We are offering

  • An experienced community climate facilitator to help your community to develop its own community climate action plan.
  • Inspiring ideas of what could be possible from communities across Scotland and beyond
  • Experience to help you think and plan activities that will be most suitable for your community
  • Signposting to potential funding opportunities and further technical advice if needed.
  • There is no cost to the community for KSB support.

We are looking for

  • A geographic community that is enthusiastic about acting together to reduce emissions at local level.
  • The community should have a clear boundary and strong sense of identity e.g. a school catchment area or one or two community council areas.
  • A core group representing a range of community interests to take ownership of the process (five to ten people)
  • Commitment to take part in six or seven online meetings of approximately 90 minutes each
  • Commitment to do some research / practical tasks in between online meetings
  • One individual to be KSB’s main link person for detailed planning.

Application Process

We currently have funding to support one community but are seeking funding to support more.

To apply, please answer the following questions and send an email with your answers, titled 'Community Climate Action Plan support application' to alan.brown@keepscotlandbeautiful.org by 9am on Monday 24 August.

  1. Where is your community?
  2. Why would you like to take part in this programme?
  3. Which organisations / interests in your community would be willing to take part?
  4. What experience does your community have of working together on practical projects?
  5. Are there particular climate project ideas or opportunities that you’d like to explore?
  6. Please describe your community in 200 words
  7. Who would be our link person in your community for this project?


Please contact alan.brown@keepscotlandbeautiful.org  with any queries.

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