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.
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.
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:
|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 (Rescheduled to early February 2019)*|
2. Community-led organisations, not currently in receipt of a CCF Grant:
|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 (Rescheduled to early February 2019)*|
*There has been amendment to the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) Grants Panel meetings originally scheduled for 28 November 2018 and 20 February 2019.
All current applications for funding from the CCF to run projects in 2019-21, will now be considered at a single Grants Panel meeting taking place in early February 2019.
This will have no additional impact on your application, and you do not need to take any further action at this time.
Keep Scotland Beautiful anticipate that applicants will be advised of the funding decision relating to their application in early March 2019.
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.