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Climate Challenge Fund Award Winners

National awards ceremony recognises local efforts to tackle climate change.

Over 70 representatives of community-led organisations from across Scotland gathered in Edinburgh yesterday (Wednesday 1 November) to celebrate the first ever Climate Challenge Fund Awards, organised by us on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The ceremony, which took place at Dynamic Earth, recognised the work undertaken by groups supported by the Fund that have taken local action to tackle climate change.  

The Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government grants programme, managed and administered by us, which provides funding and support for community groups to tackle climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions.

The hugely successful Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has awarded grants totalling £85.8 million to 986 projects in 622 communities since its introduction in 2008, with projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency. The first ever CCF Awards ceremony recognised the work of funded projects which ran from April 2016 - March 2017.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“It was great to see these inspirational projects getting the recognition they deserve, and I’d like to extend a big congratulations to all of those nominated.

“They are amongst the best of more than 100 local projects which benefitted from £9.5 million of Scottish Government grants through the Climate Challenge Fund last year.

“That is money very well spent, as these projects have made a real difference to their local communities, and helped to drive change on a national level – to help combat a problem that affects all of us.”

The 2017 award winners were:

  • Energy Category Award - Communities for Conservation, Edinburgh
  • Travel Category Award - Big Wheels Keep on Turning, Scottish Borders
  • Food Category Award - Tayport Community Garden, Fife
  • Waste Category Award - The Edinburgh Creative Reuse Hub, Edinburgh
  • CCF Award Panel Choice - Embedding North Glasgow’s Green Legacy, Glasgow  

Further information about the award winners can be accessed here with a map showing currently funded projects available here.

Elizabeth Leighton, Chair of the CCF Awards Panel commented:

“On behalf of the CCF Awards Panel I would like to commend all the projects that entered the awards and congratulate the award winners.”

“The level of nominations for the Awards was of a high standard across the board and I thank the members of the CCF Awards Panel who worked together to select the award winning projects.”

The awards were presented by Dr Lindsay Montgomery CBE, Chairman of Keep Scotland Beautiful and Dave Coleman, Managing Director of the Carbon Literacy Project.

Dr Lindsay Montgomery commented:

“The Climate Challenge Fund helps support communities from across the country to take much-needed local action to tackle climate change by making their climate change project ambitions a reality.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted to celebrate the commitment of all award nominees and recognise the efforts of all winning projects tonight. I would like to commend them all on their efforts.”

Dave Coleman added:

“It was fantastic to meet so many community-led projects that have taken positive local action to tackle climate change:  I congratulate all the award entrants and winners.

“We have worked closely with Keep Scotland Beautiful which has developed a two-day Carbon Literacy for Communities course for representatives of community-led organisations across Scotland, particularly those running Climate Challenge Fund projects. I was delighted to hear that a number of the award nominees have directly applied this training to help increase understanding of climate change in their communities and successfully identify ways to tackle it.”

01 November 2017

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