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Call to nominate Climate Challenge Fund champions

Communities Scotland-wide are being called upon to nominate their local Climate Challenge Fund projects for the second annual Climate Challenge Fund Awards, which are set to take place in Perth on Wednesday 12th December.

The Climate Challenge Fund Awards, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, on behalf of the Scottish Government, recognise the work undertaken by groups from across the country that are supported by the Climate Challenge Fund - tackling climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions.

The awards will be presented by Guest Speaker at the event, Heather Reid, a physicist and meteorologist, known by many as ‘Heather the Weather’ for her 15 years as BBC Scotland's chief weather forecaster and presenter.

Nominations for the 2018 awards are now open, with the new Outstanding Contribution category to recognise exceptional contributions to community action on climate change over the last decade of the Climate Challenge Fund. Projects that received Climate Challenge Fund grant funding at any point over the past ten years up until 31 March 2018 are eligible to enter.

Nominations are also open for the Youth Engagement, Energy, Food, Transport and Waste categories. Entries are invited from projects that received Climate Challenge Fund grant funding from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Tom Brock OBE, Charity Trustee at Keep Scotland Beautiful commented:

“The annual Climate Challenge Fund Awards is a celebration of the outstanding and important work undertaken by communities across Scotland to tackle climate change. I encourage all eligible groups to take part in these prestigious awards, and receive formal recognition for their tireless commitment to the crucial issue of tackling climate change.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful looks forward to organising the annual Climate Challenge Fund Awards, as part of our management of the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government, and I hope that the event helps to inspire further local action on climate change.”

The Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government grants programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. To date, the Fund has awarded grants totalling £101 million to 1,097 projects in 658 communities since its introduction in 2008, with projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Nominations are open until 3pm on 29 October 2018 and can be made through the nomination form available at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccfawards

 

16 October 2018

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