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We welcome young people to Climate Challenge Fund Grant Panel

Four young people to work as part of independent Panel.

To continue the important involvement of young people with the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) Grant Panel, we have been pleased to work with Young Scot who have selected and trained four young people to sit on the Panel following an application process in the autumn.

We thank all the applicants and welcome Greg Shand, (24) Clara Boeker, (25) (both pictured above,) Mena Kirmani, (22) and Lara Williams, (20) to the CCF Grant Panel. Young people have been involved with the CCF Grant Panel for several years and we thank all those that have contributed their time and experience including Ian Ramsay, Ruraidh Stewart and Ryan Thomson, the most recent youth representatives. With 2018 being the Year of Young People, we are delighted to celebrate the contribution that young people make to the Panel.

The CCF Grant Panel is independent and meets to consider applications from community-led organisations that have applied for CCF grants. The Panel makes recommendations of which projects should receive funding to Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

The new members of the Panel have already benefitted from grant-making training provided by Young Scot and we look forward to supporting them further as they help to consider the latest round of CCF applications. 

The CCF is a Scottish Government grants programme which provides funding and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. We have managed the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government since the Fund was launched in 2008. Since then 986 projects in 622 communities have been awarded CCF grants totalling £85.8 million. Projects supported by the CCF have involved energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste.

Projects led-by and involving young people at youth groups, Student Associations and uniformed organisations, such as the scouts are amongst those to have benefitted from CCF grants. You can view case studies and videos of a number of these projects on the CCF website.

David Gunn, Climate Challenge Fund Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

"With 2018 being the Year of Young People we are delighted to celebrate the contribution that young people make to the Climate Challenge Fund Grant Panel. We are very pleased to continue working with Young Scot to ensure that the views of young people are represented and welcome Clara, Mena, Greg and Lara to the Panel.

“In addition to contributing to the decision-making process of the Grant Panel we look forward to seeing these young people develop their skills and experience which should stand them in good stead for their future careers.”

Clara Boeker, one of the new panel members said:

“Scotland is a world leader in working towards a low carbon future so it’s exciting to be involved with the Climate Challenge Fund as it has supported projects across Scotland to take local action on climate change.

“As a current member of the 2050 Climate Group Young Leaders Development Programme, I am passionate about the role of young people in tackling climate change and look forward to contributing to the Climate Challenge Fund Grant Panel decision making process.”

Louise Macdonald, OBEChief Executive of Young Scot said:

“Giving young people the opportunity to make key decisions like this is a great example of how they can be right at the heart of how we shape policy and practice in Scotland. The young people will gain valuable skills and experience as well as lending their expertise to focus on what is most important to young people in Scotland in the Year of Young People 2018. We can’t wait to see what Clara, Greg, Mena and Lara bring to the Panel.”

18 January 2018

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