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Climate Challenge Fund

The Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.

The CCF was launched in 2008. Since then 1,097 projects in 658 communities across all 32 local authorities, have been awarded CCF Grants totalling more than £101 million.

The CCF has supported projects involving energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste. The Fund is currently closed to new applications.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and we have staff that support applicants, Grant Recipients and other community-led organisations wanting to take action on climate change.

The CCF Capacity Building Programme provides a toolkit of support and training for CCF Grant Recipients, and aims to develop the capacity of any community-led organisation in Scotland wishing to tackle climate change by offering a series of training events and opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning. Over 200 representatives of community-led organisations across Scotland have been certified as Carbon Literate by successfully completing Carbon Literacy for Communities training.

We have been pleased to work with Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme and the Scottish Government, in the allocation of match funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

ERDF funding is to support CCF projects involving waste and circular economy activities, or installation of energy efficient measures in community-owned buildings. The ERDF comes from the European Structural and Investment Fund which helps to facilitate major investments to support transformational change and economic and social structural reforms across Scotland. The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF

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