Development grants

Development Grants of up to £1,500 have been 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. Due to high levels of demand the final deadline for Development Grants was 15 September 2017. 

Development Grants have supported 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
  • Application writing support, this could include reviewing a Grant Recipient’s existing CCF project using the ‘Shifting Normal’ methodology
  • 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


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.



Due to high levels of demand the final deadline for Development Grants was 15 September 2017.


Deadline for submission Grants considered
14 July 28 July
11 August 25 August
15 September 29 September


All Development Grants must be spent and your project completed by 31 March 2018.  Your Welcome Pack will 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



Apply for a Development Grant
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