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Frequently asked questions

Answers to your most commonly asked questions about funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

Here you will find are answers to your questions about the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).

1. How do I keep updated about CCF funding and support?

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, or would like to discuss anything further, please contact us on 01786 468779 or ccfenquiries@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

If you are a current CCF Grant Recipient, please contact your Development Officer directly.

2. What are the application deadlines?

a. Climate Challenge Fund Grants - up to £150,000 (per organisation, per year) 

Grants of up to £150,000 are available per community-led organisation, per year for projects taking place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2021.

1. Existing CCF Grant Recipients who have funding for 2018/19 only must submit an Expression of Interest by 20 July 2018 at 5pm.

2. Eligible community-led organisations, not currently in receipt of a CCF Grant must submit an Expression of Interest by 3 August 2018 at 5pm.

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b. Climate Challenge Fund Development Grants - up to £1,000

Development Grants of up to £1,000 are available to help community-led organisations not currently in receipt of CCF funding to scope out a potential climate action project, with the aim of subsequently completing a CCF Grant application or an application to another funder.

There are monthly deadlines to submit an application for a Development Grant.

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3. Is there a maximum financial limit for CCF grant applications?

The maximum amount of grant that a community-led organisation can receive during either 2019/20 or 2020/21 is £150,000.

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

We advise applicants to design a realistic, cost-effective project and have CCF Development Officers to provide guidance on the suitable scale of applications.

4. Can a community-led organisation submit CCF applications for multiple projects?

Grant Applicants for 2019-21 can apply for multiple projects, but need to ensure that the combined total grant request for the projects is equal to, or less than £150,000 for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Some applicants may find it helpful to be able to initially apply for a smaller amount of funding, or a Development Grant to allow them to develop the capacity to submit a more ambitious application.

5. What is the maximum period of CCF funding an organisation could apply for?

Grant Applicants for 2019-21 can apply for CCF funding for a maximum period of a two years. Projects must commence on or after 1 April 2019 and be completed on or before 31 March 2021.

5. Is there a deadline by which CCF funding must be spent?

Community-led organisations are expected to complete their project within the timescales set out in their their application. For example, the final date for all expenditure for 2019-21 CCF Grant Recipients is the 31 March 2021. All of the CCF funded elements are required to be completed and the final report submitted reporting on the outcomes achieved and reduction in CO2e emissions on or before 31 March 2021.

6. Can community-led organisations currently in receipt of CCF funding apply for further CCF funding?

Existing CCF Grant Recipients who have funding for 2018/19 only can submit an Expression of Interest for further funding, but will be required to demonstrate how their new project will achieve additional outcomes.

CCF Grant Recipients who already have a grant award for 2019/20 are not eligible to apply for further CCF funding in this round.

7. Can community-led organisations apply for CCF funding if they are also applying to other grant funds?

Yes, community-led organisations are not required to find funding from other sources but joint funded projects are welcome. Remember to check the conditions set by other grant funders to ensure they do not pose a barrier to joint funded work.  If you are seeking match funding for the project, you should demonstrate how your project will operate if you are unsuccessful in gaining match funding.

8. Are CCF Grant Recipients required to monitor the progress of their projects against objectives?

Yes, CCF Grant Recipients are required to monitor and evaluate their projects against the application objectives on a quarterly basis. Plans for the monitoring and evaluation of CO2e reduction and community outcomes must be included in the application. Applicants will be signposted to resources that will help them achieve this. Grant Recipients will also be expected to complete a final report at the end of the project which details their activities, outcomes and lessons learned.

9. Do CCF Grant Recipients need to carry out a recruitment/tender process when hiring staff/consultants?

All Grant Recipients must follow an open and transparent recruitment process for all paid staff posts funded by the CCF. Grant Recipients planning on contracting in consultants for specific elements of their project, will need at least three comparable quotes if this work exceeds £5,000.

10. How should community-led organisations estimate the impact of their CCF activities?

There is a CCF methodology that all Grant Applicants must follow. This is in the form of a spreadsheet which will help you convert changes your project is anticipated to make into CO2e reductions.

11. Can part of a CCF project be designed to generate an income?

Yes, applicants may include revenue generation activities in their applications. This income must be used to support further project activities that are consistent with a low carbon future, and applicants must be constituted as a not for profit organisation.

It is important to consider the long term financial security of your community and social enterprise offers a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable way of achieving this. Further information on social enterprises can be found on our Social Enterprise webpage.

12. How do we know if our organisation is eligible for CCF funding?

To be eligible to apply for any CCF funding your organisation will need to meet four criteria.

13. How do we know if our project is eligible for CCF funding?

Your project must meet four criteria to be eligible for CCF funding.  You should also ensure that all the items and activities included in your project are eligible for CCF funding. We have produced guidance demonstrating the items and activities that are eligible and ineligible for CCF funding.

14. What is carbon dioxide equivalent?

Carbon dioxide equivalent (or CO2e for short) is the total impact of all the different greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. A definition can be found here.

15. Can community-led organisations apply for a CCF funded project that works with local businesses to cut their carbon emissions?

Yes, however, there are some cases in which this type of work might overlap with other Scottish Government funded schemes. Please check this type of proposal carefully with a Development Officer before the application deadline. Resource Efficient Scotland is the Scottish Government funded programme that helps businesses, public sector and third sector organisations save money by using resources more efficiently.

16. Is CCF funding available for feasibility studies?

Feasibility studies are eligible providing they are for activities that will lead to measureable CO2e reductions and are part of a wider project that will reduce emissions. Feasibility studies on their own are not eligible.  Renewable energy feasibility studies are not eligible. For further information an support available for community energy projects see www.localenergyscotland.org

17. Is CCF funding available for community consultations?

Community consultations which will help a community-led organisation identify what action(s) / activities / outcomes the wider community want to address or achieve are eligible. Community consultation and engagement activity should be included as part of a broader project.

18. Can climate change adaptation activities be included in CCF applications?

Climate change adaptation activities can be included in CCF project applications to run alongside carbon reduction measures.

Adaptation to climate change in Scotland could take many forms. A few adaptation examples CCF projects could think of including are outlined:

  • Measures such as green roofs, walls and rain gardens being installed in community owned buildings to combat overheating and flooding
  • Community growing projects including fruit trees to help produce shade to combat increasing temperature
  • Use of permeable surfaces for cycle paths etc to cut down on run off from increased rainfall
  • Drainage systems e.g. more pro-active unblocking of culverts or widening existing culverts

19. What is the relationship of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with 2019/20 CCF funding?

For 2019/20 some CCF Grant Recipients (with projects involving waste and circular economy activities, or installation of energy efficient measures in community-owned buildings) will be match funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The ERDF supports Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which encourages activity such as energy efficient improvements to community owned buildings and the efficient use of resource through increased waste prevention, repair, reuse, and recycling activity.  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.

Those grant recipients that are awarded using ERDF funds will be notified in their grant award documents and any specific conditions will be detailed within these documents.

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