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) is currently closed to new applications.

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You can view currently funded CCF projects via our interactive map.

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.


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 (Rescheduled to early February 2019)*


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 (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.

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

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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