The Climate Challenge Fund encourages communities across Scotland to take action on climate change and so help enable our transition to more sustainable, low carbon lifestyles. The Fund supports projects which lead to realistic and measurable carbon reduction and/or increase communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate change, are community led and leave a long standing legacy of low carbon behaviour. Project themes include energy efficiency advice to households, improvements to community-owned properties, greener travel, waste reduction and recycling, and local seasonal food-growing.
In addition to reduced emissions, the Climate Challenge Fund has important wider benefits to communities. Funded projects are helping to increase community cohesion, have social and health benefits, help provide opportunities for individuals to work and learn together, help combat social isolation and improve mental health, promote healthy eating, provide opportunities for physical exercise, create employment and training opportunities, and help individuals save money and escape fuel poverty.
A film was recently developed to help promote the nature, diversity and geographical coverage of the Climate Challenge Fund across Scotland, and the enthusiasm and commitment by which the projects are delivered. There is both a longer (www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lWKSXQgBs0&feature=youtu.be) and more condensed (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Veaqicx2jNk) version.
More information on the application process, deadlines for the 2016-17 fund and ideas for projects is available at www.climatechallengefund.org.
Following the Grants Panel meeting in March 2016, the Climate Challenge Fund has awarded £75.7 million to 588 communities and 873 projects across Scotland. You can find out more about the allocations of the awards and the uses to which they are being put by communities across the length and breadth of Scotland in projects we're funding.
The Climate Challenge Fund and the Junior Climate Challenge Fund are managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by Keep Scotland Beautiful while recommendations to Ministers on which projects should be funded are made by an independent grants panel established for this purpose.
Communities’ Climate Change Pledge
You will find further information on the Pledge and how to sign up at Scotland’s Climate Change Pledge for Communities. The aim of the Pledge is to help community groups raise awareness of climate change within their local areas and the positive actions that can be taken to move to more beneficial and healthier low carbon lifestyles. It is open to community groups across Scotland, regardless of whether they have received funding from the Climate Challenge Fund.
Other Community Funding Sources
The Scottish Government has a range of funding programmes available to support community-led regeneration and community empowerment.
For more detailed information on the Climate Challenge Fund please contact Keep Scotland Beautiful. For more information on the Scottish Government's policy supporting the Fund, please contact Jonathan Waite at firstname.lastname@example.org.