Climate Challenge Fund milestone announced

More than 1,000 community projects have helped cut carbon emissions.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the 1,000th recipient of the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) as she announced the latest grants totalling £15.3 million. That means total funding since its launch in 2008 has now reached £101 million, with 1,097 grants across Scotland.

The 1,000th grant of £290,392 was awarded to Glasgow-based Bike for Good for continuing their schools project – which works with young people, teachers and parents to encourage cycling and reduce car use. The full listing of the 110 recipients from the 2018-2020 CCF can be viewed on the Scottish Government's website.

The £15.3 million 2018-20 CCF is made up of £14.3 million from the Scottish Government and £1 million from the European Regional Development Fund – part of the European Structural Funds programme.

The First Minister met Bike for Good staff, alongside pupils and teachers participating in the project from Wellshot Primary School in Glasgow.

The First Minister said:

“The Climate Challenge Fund enables communities to take ownership and action at a grassroots level, with projects that deliver tangible community and social benefits while helping address climate change.

“More than 1,000 projects have been supported by the CCF the length and breadth of Scotland, demonstrating the scope and scale of the fund. As I have seen for myself at Wellshot Primary, these fantastic projects are empowering local communities to make meaningful and lasting change.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and we have staff that support applicants and those awarded grants. We also offer free training, events and support to help communities across Scotland build their capacity to tackle climate change.

Keep Scotland Beautiful Chief Executive Derek Robertson said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating local action on climate change through the Climate Challenge Fund. In the Year of Young People, it is pleasing to see initiatives such as the Bike for Good project inspire pupils to take action on climate change through choosing to travel by bike.

"Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Climate Challenge Fund have now helped more than 1,000 projects and look forward to supporting many more communities in the future – empowering them to help Scotland realise its carbon reduction ambitions.”

Joanna Soraghan, Development Officer at Bike for Good, added:

“The Climate Challenge Fund project has been a great success, involving upwards of 2,000 pupils across Glasgow so far in activities such as bike maintenance lessons, cycle skills training and route planning workshops to increase levels of active travel.

“The enthusiasm of partners such as Wellshot Primary has played a significant part in the success of the project. We have been thrilled to work with the pupils and wider school community – all the while knowing we are reducing carbon emissions and making a positive environmental impact.”

Jacqui Ratcliffe, Depute Head Teacher at Wellshot Primary School said:

“Wellshot Primary School has enjoyed working with Bike for Good through their Veloschool project. Pupils have loved taking part in practical activities that have helped them to develop the skills needed to travel safely by bike and learn more about the impact our travel choices have on the environment.

“We are committed to Learning for Sustainability and are proud to have held a Green Flag through the Eco-School’s Scotland programme since 2007. Thanks to our partnership with Bike for Good and enthusiasm of our dedicated staff, we now have the facilities and qualifications required to deliver our own Bikeability sessions and look forward to inspiring more pupils, parents and staff to choose sustainable methods of travel.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Communities are right at the core of Scotland’s efforts to accelerate a more circular economy, so it is fantastic to see the 1000th project funded through the Climate Challenge Fund.

“Scotland’s community sector is thriving. There’s work underway to drive up re-use and recycling and tackle food waste in three new Zero Waste Towns, we recently marked the delivery of a series of well-attended local Food Waste Prevention Weeks across the country, and are in the middle of a Pass it on Week that has seen record levels of engagement.

“Using investment from the European Regional Development Fund, we look forward to continuing work with partners to make a difference in Scotland’s communities.”

You can view more pictures and a video of the event at https://twitter.com/ScotGovFM

16 March 2018

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