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Funding for climate change activities

Below you will find links to potential funding sources for climate change activities. Although we will do our best to keep the links up to date, we cannot guarantee that these will be reliable at all times due to the frequently changing landscape and would strongly recommend that you first check within your own organisation for those with funding knowledge and finance expertise. They will have information about funding which is specific to your organisation, activities and area.

The Environmental Association for Colleges and Universities can provide advice and guidance for universities and colleges. As this can vary from projects and timescales, it is best to get in touch with the Scotland team with more detail of your initiative and they can direct/support you from there. Please contact for further details.


Health Facilities Scotland (HFS) can provide advice and guidance for NHS boards and related stakeholders. In the first instance, please direct all enquiries to Kathryn Dapré ( or visit


Regularly updated lists of potential funding sources can be found at the following sites:


Specific funding opportunities (please check the links for application criteria, deadlines and processes):

  • Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme - a range of support mechanisms including project development, expert advice and funding (where applicable) is available through the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme to support the development of substantive private, public and community low-carbon projects across Scotland.
  • Central Energy Efficiency Fund - the Scottish Government's Central Energy Efficiency Fund is a key vehicle for delivering energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy measures across the public sector in Scotland.
  • Scottish Funding Council - invests around £1.6 billion in Scotland's colleges and universities for teaching and learning, research and other activities in support of Scottish Government priorities.  Their funding contributes to the costs of learning, teaching, skills development, research and innovation in the education sector.
  • Energy Technology Partnership - is an alliance of twelve independent Scottish Universities, engaged in world class related energy Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D). It is the largest power and energy research partnership in Europe and promotes greater levels of collaboration between universities and industry to deliver unparalleled RD&D capability.
  • On behalf of ScotRail, Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the ScotRail Biodiversity Fund for Adopt a Station volunteers. Awards range from £100 to £5,000 to support and encourage biodiversity projects in Scotland's stations. Funding is awarded to community groups whose applications show a dedication to ecosystem restoration, biodiversity planting and conserving wildlife in Scotland in and around their chosen station. 


For investment funding:

  • SALIX - funded by the Scottish Government, Salix has been working with the public sector in Scotland for eight years. Their clients have invested approximately £14 million in energy efficiency projects in Scotland to date, saving the public sector more than £48 million over the lifetime of the projects.
  • Green Investment Bank - the UK Green Investment Bank will be a key component of the progression towards a green economy, complementing other green policies to help accelerate additional capital into green infrastructure.


Case studies

Salix Finance have produced two case studies showing how two Scottish local authorities have used interest-free loans to fund energy efficient measures leading to reduction in energy costs.

East Ayrshire Council used a £231,645 100% interest free, capital finance loan from Salix to upgrade their street lighting, increase energy efficiency and save on annual energy costs. 

Dundee City Council used their Salix loan of £223,644 to upgrade their street lighting to LED and reduce their energy costs.