£10 million Climate Challenge Fund awarded

First Minister makes announcement at visit to R:evolve Recycle

113 organisations from across Scotland will benefit from almost £10 million of funding through the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund to run local projects that help tackle climate change.

The announcement was made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a visit to the R:evolve Recycle swap shop, a currently funded Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) project, run by Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) in South Lanarkshire. LEAP are also among those to be awarded CCF funding for 2017/18 and will benefit from £143,416 for the R:evolve Recycle project. This includes a maximum contribution of £41,075 from the European Regional Development Fund.

R:evolve Recycle is an intergenerational project that aims to help tackle climate change by utilising the experience found within the older generation, bringing back a 'make-do-and-mend' culture. The project aims to make swapping, sharing and upcycling a natural part of high streets in South Lanarkshire by providing a number of initiatives including a chain of swap shop boutiques, repair and upcycling workshops and an education programme for young people.

The Scottish Government have produced a video of the visit to R:evolve Recycle.

The First Minister said:

“Scotland is making huge progress in delivering our climate change ambitions, but there is still much to achieve and the role of behaviour change and community action is crucial.

“The Climate Challenge Fund supports community projects that inspire people to care about the problem of climate change, consider what it might mean to them in terms of their everyday lives and enable them to take action.

“R:evolve Recycle is an excellent example of this approach. They work with people spanning the whole community – from school children to elderly community residents.”

We have managed the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government since the Fund was established in 2008 and provide support, resources and training to support grant recipients and other community groups taking action on climate change.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful commented:

“Climate change impacts all of us and we need collective action to tackle it, so we were delighted to have supported so many communities from across Scotland in preparing applications for the latest round of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

“We congratulate all those community-led organisations awarded Climate Challenge Fund grants and look forward to working with them as they implement their projects.

"We have managed the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government since the Fund was established in 2008 and are committed to empowering many more communities across Scotland to take action on climate change. We see this as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and more sustainable.”

In 2017/18 the Climate Challenge Fund totals £9.97 million and is a combination of £9.09 million from the Scottish Government and £0.88 million from the European Regional Development Fund.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Scotland’s ambitions for a circular economy, where we make things last for longer, go hand-in-hand with its world-leading commitments to tackling climate change. Thanks to extra investment from the European Regional Development Fund we’re now able to help more communities across Scotland take action locally to benefit Scotland’s environment.

“We look forward to working with the successful organisations to make a real difference to their communities.”

You can view a full list of CCF grant recipients for 2017/18 on the Scottish Government's website. The projects will commence their activities on 1 April 2017.


20 February 2017

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