CCF Grants

Find out more about Climate Challenge Fund grants of up to £150,000 per year.

The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) offers grants of up to £150,000 per year for projects taking place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2021.

All grant awards are conditional on the confirmation of the Scottish Government's budget.

Please note: Deadlines to submit an Expression of Interest for CCF grants have now passed.


Applications for CCF grants were invited from:

1. Existing CCF Grant Recipients with funding for 2018/19 only

2. Eligible community-led organisations, not currently in receipt of a CCF Grant

Please note: CCF Grant Recipients already with grant award for 2019/20 were not eligible to apply for further CCF funding at this time. We encouraged these Grant Recipients to consider submitting a template to the CCF Ideas Bank.


Climate Challenge Fund project criteria

All Climate Challenge Fund projects must meet four criteria to be considered eligible for funding.

1. Community 

Community must be at the heart of the decision-making process of the project and projects must be designed and delivered by communities themselves.

2. Carbon Reduction

The project should lead to a measurable reduction in local carbon emissions through the activities it delivers.

3. Sustainable Legacy 

The project should deliver a low carbon legacy in its community, with outcomes (and/or behaviours) that continue after the project is completed.

4. Improved climate literacy

The project should deliver an increased understanding of climate change in its community and help the community move to low carbon living.


Additional advice

Current (2018/19 only) and previous CCF Grant Recipients

Current (2018/19 only) and previous CCF Grant Recipients should demonstrate additionality in their applications; their new projects should extend the reach, or achieve further carbon reductions than their current or previous CCF project.

Community-led organisations that have not received any CCF funding

These organisations should note that the CCF cannot fund project applications based purely on pre-existing activities. Applicants should expand their activities to form part of a larger project that meets all of the CCF project criteria.



1. Existing CCF Grant Recipients who have funding for 2018/19 only: 

Deadline Date
Expression of Interest 20 July 2018 (by 5pm)
Draft Application 20 August 2018 (by 5pm)
Final Application 19 October 2018 (by 5pm)
Grant Panel meeting 28 November 2018


2. Community-led organisations, not currently in receipt of a CCF Grant:

Deadline Date
Expression of Interest 3 August 2018 (by 5pm)
Draft Application 19 September 2018 (by 5pm)
Final Application 7 December 2018 (by 5pm)
Grant Panel meeting 20 February 2019

Please note: Any Grant Applicant declined at the first Grants Panel meeting will not be able to revise their applications for the second Grants Panel meeting.


Items and activities the CCF can fund

You can find further information on specific items and activities that the CCF can fund through the sections below.


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