Climate Challenge Fund is open

Minister plants seeds for communities to grow local action on climate change.

Communities from across Scotland are set to benefit from further funding to support local action to tackle climate change, as part of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, made the announcement on World Environment Day (5 June), at a visit to Leith Community Crops in Pots – an initiative established to encourage healthy, inclusive and environmentally sustainable food in the local area and a current recipient of the Climate Challenge Fund.

The Cabinet Secretary met with staff members and volunteers from the project and said:

“More than 1,000 projects in communities across Scotland have benefitted from the Climate Challenge Fund, which is raising awareness of climate change and encouraging people to take action as part of their everyday lives.

“With our new Climate Change Bill set to increase our climate targets to the most ambitious of any country, for every year from 2020 all the way through to 2050, everyone needs to play their part. The good news is that so much of what communities and households can do to help tackle climate change has other benefits too.

“It was great to see this first hand at Leith Community Crops in Pots which is tackling climate change and supporting healthy diets at the same time. I would encourage other organisations to apply for this funding and consider what steps they can take to contribute to a cleaner and greener Scotland.”

The Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government grants programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. Launched a decade ago, the fund has awarded 1,097 grants totalling £101 million to 658 communities, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive at Keep Scotland Beautiful, added:

“We are delighted that the Scottish Government has made this significant commitment to helping communities tackle climate change.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful has been proud to manage the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government for the last decade. We look forward to working with community-led organisations in helping them to find out more about the Fund and making their climate change projects a reality.”

Support from the Climate Challenge Fund is currently helping Leith Community Crops in Pots to develop a climate change learning programme for their Croft Carbon College.

Evie Murray, Founder of Leith Community Crops in Pots commented:

“As with our previous Climate Challenge Fund work, which included establishing community growing spaces, the enthusiasm and input of the local community is at the heart of the development and delivery of the learning programme.

“The Croft Carbon College will be a centre of excellence where the community can learn more about climate change and how to help tackle it, plus ways to inspire others to take positive action.”

For 2019/20 some Climate Challenge Fund 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, which comes from the European Structural and Investment Fund.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland added:

“We recognise that behaviour change on issues around waste can often be most effectively achieved through community engagement at a local level. Thanks to extra investment from the European Regional Development Fund we’re now able to help even 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.”

How to apply

Community-led organisations not currently in receipt of a Climate Challenge Fund grant are invited to apply for funding of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year for 2019/20 and 2020/21. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process, is 5pm on 3 August 2018.

Current Climate Challenge Fund Grant Recipients should contact their Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Development Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support community-led organisations not currently in receipt of CCF funding identify and scope out potential climate action projects.

All potential applicants should refer to the Climate Challenge Fund website or contact Keep Scotland Beautiful for full information about criteria, eligibility and deadlines.


News release and images from the event

You can view the news release here and images from the event below.

Cabinet Secretary visits Leith Community Crops in Pots

Cabinet Secretary at Leith Community Crops in Pots

Hermitage Park Primary pupils at Leith Community Crops in Pots


05 June 2018

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