Development grants

Find out more about Development Grants.

Development Grants of up to £1,000 are available to help community-led organisations to scope out a potential climate action project with the aim of subsequently completing a CCF Grant application or an application to another funder. 

Applications for Development Grants are invited from eligible community-led organisations that are not currently in receipt of CCF funding. Organisations that received a  Development Grant in 2017/18 are not eligible to apply for a Development Grant in this round of CCF funding.

Development Grants can support activity including:

  • A consultation event
  • Planning or developing a project using ‘Shifting Normal’ methodology
  • Training, including on the ‘Shifting Normal’ methodology that should be used to plan and develop CCF projects
  • Expenses relating to a Climate Conversations event
  • The costs associated with visiting, or working with, a current or previously funded CCF project
  • Engaging a mentor to support project development / implementation
  • Expenses relating to organising a Climate Conversation event.


Using ‘Shifting Normal’

Shifting Normal is designed to help community-led organisations tackling climate change maximise their success by taking account of how change happens when planning, carrying out and reviewing their activities.  Shifting Normal is informed by the Individual Social and Material (ISM) approach to behaviour change and draws on the experience of community-led organisations to help understand better how change happens, and to use this knowledge to work towards positive change. 

We have produced further guidance on how to use Shifting Normal including a video guide.



Development Grant applications will be considered at the end of each month between June and August 2018:


Deadline for submission Grants considered
15 June 29 June
13 July 27 July
17 August 31 August


All Development Grants must be spent and your project completed by 31 March 2019. 

You must submit a signed and completed Claim Form for your project, along with all supporting evidence of expenditure by the 31 March 2019 in order to claim back your grant. More information about this will be in your Offer Letter and Welcome Pack.

Your Welcome Pack will also contain the information we would like you to submit to us at the end of the funding period.



Please check our Development Grant Frequently Asked Questions to see if they answer your question.

If you still have questions after reading all the guidance on this webpage and consulting the Development Grant 'Frequently Asked Questions', you should contact your Development Officer if you are a current CCF grant recipient.  All other community-led organisations should call 01786 471333 or email ccfenquiries@keepscotlandbeautiful.org



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