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Frequently asked questions

Here you will find answers to your questions on Climate Challenge Fund Development Grants.

Due to high levels of demand the final deadline to submit an application for a Development Grant was 15 September 2017. Applications for these grants will be considered on 29 September. 

1. Who can apply for the Development Grants?

Scottish based community-led organisations are eligible to apply for a Development Grant. This includes current and previous Climate Challenge Fund grant recipients.

Find out more about our four criteria for Scottish based community-led organisations.

2. How many Development Grants can one community-led organisation apply for?

There is no limit to the number of Development Grants that a community-led organisation can receive, however, only they may have only one Development Grant live at any time.

3. How long will the Development Grants be available.

Due to high levels of demand the final deadline to submit an application for a Development Grant was 15 September 2017. Applications for these grants will be considered on 29 September. 

4. Does the Development Grant application need to be focused on the Climate Challenge Fund and if so what are the criteria?

Development Grants 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.

If you wish to scope out a potential CCF application you will find it useful to refer to the current CCF project criteria.

5. How many times can a community-led organisation apply for a Development Grant?

There is no limit to the number of Development Grants that a community-led organisation can apply for or receive, however, only they may have only one Development Grant live at any time.

6. Are there any activities that a Development Grant may not be used for?

Yes, activities ineligible for funding through a Development grant include, but are not limited to:

  • Activities that aren’t contributing towards the development of community-led climate action project.
  • Purchase of equipment (computers, cameras etc.)
  • Infrastructure improvements (putting in bike racks, setting up a raised bed, etc.)

7. Why are the grants not focused to provide support to disadvantaged communities, ethnic minority communities and young people?

The Scottish Government are aiming to support communities throughout Scotland to take action on climate change and CCF Development Grants will contribute to this.

8. What is the deadline to spend Development Grants?

The Development Grant 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.

9. Why are applicants encouraged to use Shifting Normal methodology in their Development Grant application?

The Shifting Normal guide can help your community to design and deliver a successful project to tackle climate change by taking account of what influences people to change their behaviour. It also provides practical advice to help you to plan, undertake and review your activities. If applicable you should state in the appropriate section of your Development Grant application how you plan to use the framework.

Read more and and watch our video guide