Incredible appetite to take action on climate change

Hundreds of community-led organisations submit an Expression of Interest for the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

The deadline has now passed to submit an Expression of Interest for grants of up to £150,000 from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund. 

The CCF has been empowering communities to act on climate change since 2008, and once again we have been pleased to support community-led organisations from across Scotland interested in applying for funding. At final count, over 450 Expressions of Interest have been received, demonstrating the appetite of community-led organisations to take action on climate change through the CCF. 

We've also been pleased to work closely with organisations such as Home Energy Scotland, Local Energy Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland, CEMVO Scotland and Federation of City Farms and Gardens Scotland who are offering their expertise, both to CCF applicants and more widely.

If you submitted an EOI before the deadline of 5pm on 28 August 2017, one our Development Officers will get back to you as soon as possible. If you have submitted an eligible EOI, you will be emailed a CCF Application Form and Guidance Notes, plus a Carbon Tool to help you estimate the carbon reduction potential of your activities. Be sure to check the ‘Plan your Project' area of the CCF website for further guidance, information and contacts to help you plan and develop a strong CCF funding application.

Whether you are applying for CCF funding or not, you can take advantage of a variety of support to help your organisation take local action on climate change:

  • CCF Development Grants of up to £1,500 are 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. 
  • CCF Capacity Building Programme - free training and networking opportunities
  • We have a variety of opportunities to help you learn more about climate change, engage in discussions with your community and take local action through the 'Climate Change Engagement' section on the CCF website. This includes Climate Conversations with the Scottish Government offering support for communities to hold a discussion about climate change and share the outcomes. 
  • Funding Scotland - find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using the free online search engine.

29 August 2017

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