Climate Challenge Fund information surgeries

Final dates confirmed for community-led organisations to discuss how their climate action project ideas might become reality through grant funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

We are pleased to confirm a final round of Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) surgery dates, following over 100 community group representatives signing up to attend previous events which have taken place in locations ranging from Greenock to Lairg.

These free events will be useful for any community-led organisation in Scotland wanting to know more about applying for funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

The CCF Information Surgeries will include a presentation from Keep Scotland Beautiful to introduce the CCF, climate change and the support that we provide to applicants. Attendees will also be able to learn more about local projects currently in receipt of CCF funding and support available from other organisations such as Zero Waste ScotlandHome Energy Scotland and Local Energy Scotland. This will be followed by a question and answer session and the chance to talk through project ideas one-to-one. Agendas of each surgery may vary slightly so please do check below for details.

Find out more about forthcoming CCF surgeries and book your space online to attend:

Attendees to the CCF Themed Gathering events will also be able to hear about CCF funding available and have the chance to discuss their project ideas with a Development Officer.

About the Climate Challenge Fund

The CCF is a Scottish Government grants programme which is managed and administered by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.  The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to tackle climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions.

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. Development Grants of up to £1,500 are also available to help community-led organisations identify and scope out potential climate action projects - with the aim of enabling the organisation to apply for a CCF grant or to another funder.

To date, the CCF has awarded grants totalling £85.8 million supporting a range of successful projects, including energy efficiency improvements to community-owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options and community growing initiatives, plus schemes that help reduce waste and move Scotland further towards a more circular economy.

We advise all applicants to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, as soon as possible to allow maximum time to develop their application. The final deadline to submit an EOI is 5pm on 28 August 2017.

Applications for Development Grants are invited monthly until further notice.

*For 2018-2019 some CCF Grant Recipients (with projects involving waste and circular economy activities, or installation of energy efficient measures in community-owned buildings) will be match funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF comes from the European Structural and Investment Fund.

26 July 2017

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