What can the CCAF fund?

Here you will find a summary of the main types of assets that can and cannot be funded, plus a list of ineligible costs.

Fundable and non-fundable items

The table below gives you the main types of assets that can and cannot be funded, but is not completely exhaustive.

If you have identified another type of asset that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, then please attend one of our CCAF webinars which will include a Q&A session.


Fundable Not fundable

Energy Efficiency in existing Community Buildings (not new builds) for measures including:

  • Insulation works
  • Low energy lighting
  • Double, secondary, or triple glazing
  • Draught proofing
  • Heating controls
  • Water-use reduction devices
  • Rainwater harvesting


  • Renewable energy generation (e.g. solar panels, hydro, or wind turbines)
  • Battery storage
  • Heating or hot water systems (e.g. biomass boilers, heat pumps, solar thermal, radiators, hot water cylinders and associated plumbing).
  • Wastewater treatment

Assets that support community food growing, including:

  • Polytunnels, sheds, greenhouses
  • Watering infrastructure
  • Composting toilets (if no facilities in place already)
  • Raised beds or planters
  • Soil and peat-free compost
  • Composting bins
  • Trees and stakes/guards
  • Shared tools like spades and wheelbarrows.


  • Grass cutting equipment
  • Engineered paths
  • Livestock
  • Large scale tree planting projects

Electric Vehicles:

  • Up to two electric vehicles for community-run car clubs.
  • One electric vehicle (car or van) for running existing climate change projects.
  • One electric vehicle (car or van) for delivering services that have been identified as a priority by the community as a result of COVID-19.
  • Vehicle telemetry, key access systems and charging infrastructure for these EVs is also eligible.


  • Hybrids
  • Vehicles not on approved list for government loan scheme (link)

Cycles and facilities to reduce transport greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Bike maintenance equipment and facilities for community groups running bike maintenance and recycling services.
  • Up to 3 bikes for use in climate change or sustainability projects only.
  • Maximum of 1 cargo bike for same usage.


  • General community cycling projects which are eligible for funding through the Cycling Friendly Communities Fund, or through other relevant Scottish Government funding streams
  • Cycling apparel (gloves, shoes, undershorts, jackets etc)
  • Showers, lockers and changing facilities
  • Specialised or off-road bikes
  • Building modifications
  • Cycle paths

Electric Bikes

  • For community groups running existing climate change projects.
  • Up to 3 e-bikes
  • Maximum of 1 e-cargo bike
  • Associated charging infrastructure


  • As above

For larger scale or general community e-bike projects, these are supported by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) e-bike grant fund (link)

Equipment to reduce waste in your community, including:

  • Community fridge equipment (fridges, freezers)
  • Tools and repair equipment for repair cafes
  • Sewing machines and equipment to support reuse of clothing.
  • Recycling bins and litter pickers.
  • Composting equipment.


  • Shopfitting costs
  • Consumables such as craft items or textiles
  • Plastic melting and moulding equipment.
  • Equipment for processing WEEE waste.
  • Washing machines/dryers

Equipment to support an established community wood fuel scheme, including:

  • Tools and equipment
  • Wood storage


  • Tractors
  • Purchase of land
  • Purchase of firewood


Ineligible costs

As well as the exclusions above, funding is not available for:

  • Revenue costs
  • Staff or management costs
  • Overheads
  • Contingency costs
  • Core organisational operating costs
  • Political or religious activities
  • Livestock and associated costs (e.g. food or abattoir equipment)
  • Peat restoration projects
  • Adaptation measures
  • Costs incurred before Grant Acceptance has been signed, or after the 31st March 2021
  • Assets that not listed above, that will not clearly reduce local greenhouse gas emissions (such as computers, TV screens, film equipment, office furniture)
  • Improvements to buildings that are not owned by the applicant (or do not have a sufficiently long lease in place)
  • Improvements to areas of buildings that are solely used for religious purposes
  • Assets which will be installed on land that is not owned by the applicant (or do not have a sufficiently long lease in place)
  • Purchases of assets as gifts, donations or to be sold to another organisation
  • VAT that your organisation can recover from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

The CCAF Guidance notes here contain further information.


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