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Climate Challenge Fund - Round 20

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Aileen McLeod, announced on 26 January 2015 the award of £2.86 million for 33 community-led projects in the 20th round of grants from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

The projects offered grant are:

Tayport Community Trust's Tayport Community Growing Space project will establish a community garden in Tayport, Fife for vegetables, salads and fruit which will help reduce carbon emissions as food and consumers travel less.  The local community will be offered the chance to attend workshops to develop growing skills so they can grow their own at home and learn more about the links between food and climate change.  The project aims to become self-sustaining by selling surplus produce locally. £78,453

Aberdour Village in Bloom's F1 Project will establish a community growing space in Aberdour and will cut carbon emissions by reducing food miles and the need for local car journeys to shop for food.  The project, run by volunteers, will work with all ages including Aberdour Primary School to promote sustainable, local food. £2,000

LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) will enable householders in Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan and Bridge of Weir to reduce the amount of energy they use in their homes and daily lives.  The Calder and Gryffe Community project will focus on areas requested by the communities and will be delivered by a local community charity that aims to help residents improve carbon efficiency.  Project activities will include home energy advice, an energy shop, development of a community wood fuel co-op and a Centre of Carbon Excellence, plus further promotion of LEAP Car Club and support for electric vehicles. £129,884

Stirlingshire's Low Carbon Future project will be run by Transition Stirling in partnership with Fintry Development Trust and will help communities across the Stirling region reduce carbon emissions caused by home energy use and waste being landfilled.  The project will offer energy efficiency advice and wood upcycling skills through roadshow events, workshops, home visits and drop-in sessions.  As well as helping to combat climate change the project will reduce levels of fuel poverty and increase understanding of energy use and climate change.  £149,976

Engaging the Nepalese Community in Climate Change is a project run by the Glasgow Nepalese Association and will work with the Nepalese community in Glasgow to reduce energy use, car travel, carbon emissions and fuel poverty.  Project activities to help the community reduce energy use include home visits and community workshops while a bicycle club will facilitate a switch from car travel to cycling for shorter journeys. £41,550

The Welcoming Association's Welcoming a Greener Future project will work with members of Edinburgh’s migrant communities to reduce carbon emissions associated with home energy use and waste.  The project will offer advice on ways to reduce energy use in the home and how to effectively re-use, renew and recycle.  In addition to helping combat climate change the project will help to reduce home energy bills and offer unemployed members of the community the chance of work experience. £145,613

Woodfarm Educational Trust's East Renfrewshire BME Community Climate Change and Low-Carbon Living Awareness Programme will work with the black and minority ethnic community in East Renfrewshire to reduce carbon emissions caused by home energy use and raise awareness of fuel poverty and climate change.  The project will also decrease carbon emissions through installation of energy efficiency measures in the Woodfarm Education Centre while a decrease in car journeys will be targeted through promotion of healthy, lower carbon transport choices like cycling and walking. £142,377

The Himalayan Centre Climate Change Hub will operate from the Himalayan Centre for Arts & Culture in Leith, Edinburgh.  Advice will be available to help the local community reduce home energy use and carbon emissions with the hub also providing a meeting space to learn more about climate change.  A bike pool and cycle training will support lower carbon travel while swap shop events will re-use items that would have been destined for landfill. £70,510

McLaren Community Leisure Centre will help people in the Trossachs and Teith reduce carbon emissions through its Fit for the Future project.  Improvements will be made to roof insulation and lighting at the Centre to reduce energy use and carbon emissions with the project also promoting measures that can be taken to improve energy efficiency at home.  Further project activities to reduce carbon emissions include fuel efficient driver training, a lift share scheme and promotion of cycling for local journeys. £149,827

The Ecology Centre will run the Easy Peas-y project from a new hub at Kinghorn Loch, Fife.  Food miles and carbon emissions will reduce as food is grown on site and community members learn the skills to grow at home. A Men's Shed project will focus on refurbishment of unwanted garden tools while relationships with two local schools will further raise awareness of the links between food miles and climate change.  An additional benefit of the project is improved health for those involved with outdoor gardening activities. £46,136

Whitmuir Community Benefit Society will work in partnership with two local primary schools and a range of local organisations to pilot a new local food and waste reduction project called The Circular Food Economy.  Food growing activities will increase at Whitmuir Community Farm at Lamancha in the Scottish Borders and the primary schools which will also host points where local residents can drop off food waste and pick up compost. £136,108

The Magdalene Community Food Growing project is run by the Community Alliance Trust and will bring together residents at Magdalene council estate in the east of Edinburgh to build their own community garden.  Fifty community members will be offered space and training to grow their own healthy produce which will have low food miles while practical cookery workshops will be available to show how to reduce food waste.  The garden will provide a base for establishing other edible landscaping projects in the estate in coming years. £119,251

Forth Environment Link's Get Ready For Local - Stirling Food Co-operative project will work closely with local communities, community food projects and local food businesses to increase access to local, sustainable, healthier and lower carbon food.  The project will contribute towards increasing the number of potential community growing spaces in the Stirling local authority area and help support communities cutting carbon emissions via food waste reduction. £128,912

Whiteinch and Scotstoun Housing Association's SWITCH project aims to assist tenants in Glasgow City to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change by reducing energy consumption in the home, increasing recycling in the local community and raising awareness about climate change issues.  With leadership from local volunteers the project will encourage knowledge and action in the community towards a climate positive future. £39,448

Lochaber Environmental Group will help communities across Lochaber to reduce carbon emissions through the Carbon Reduction Lochaber project.  Energy information sessions will run in schools with support available to help households and Small Medium Enterprises reduce their energy use and move towards lower carbon travel options. £89,594

The Nature's Pantry project run by Cantraybridge College at Croy, near Inverness will use recycled materials to expand the growing space on campus to create a market garden.  Fresh, healthy produce will be offered for sale and supply a cafe from which food waste will be composted.  Cookery workshops will be offered to the local community to highlight local, seasonal food and how to avoid food waste while on site and online resources will raise awareness of links between food and climate change. £73,228

Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) will reduce carbon emissions caused by landfilling of clothes and soft furnishings through its R Generation project in Cambuslang and Rutherglen.  Reuse and recycling skills of the local older generation will be shared with children and families through a range of activities which will help the community reuse, recycle and extend the life of their old clothes or swap them for something 'nearly new' within local swap shops. £104,932

The Growing Greener project run by Parent Action for Safe Play will offer cycle training throughout Coatbridge to encourage cycling as a lower carbon, healthier and cheaper means of transport in a safe manner.  The project will also cut carbon emissions through the establishment of community growing spaces at local schools and waste-free cookery classes. £54,419

Leith Schools Food Project, run by Leith Community Crops in Pots, will reduce food-related carbon emissions through the establishment of community growing space at three local primary schools and initiatives to encourage production and consumption of local, lower carbon produce.  Additional project activities include a programme to help reduce food waste and encourage composting. £108,966

REAP (Rural Environmental Action Plan) will work with residents, schools and groups across Elgin to reduce local carbon emissions through growing and eating, healthy, local produce and composting of food waste.  Project activities include establishment of community gardens and raised beds, collection of compost by bike and a variety of fun events to attract volunteers and raise engagement levels. £82,916

Pentland Housing Association's Draught Busters project will use a thermal image camera to identify properties of tenants in Caithness that are suffering from cold air ingress and heat loss.  A trained technician will be assisted by volunteers to fit corrective measures that will improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty while creating a more comfortable home.  Additional project activities include home energy audits and the loan of energy monitors so householders can track their own energy use. £39,552

Melness and Tongue Community Development Trust will reduce local carbon emissions through the North West Sutherland Energy Efficiency project.  The project will publish an integrated public transport timetable to be distributed to every home in the area to encourage use of public transport instead of single occupancy car journeys.  In-depth energy efficiency advice for households across the community will help to increase energy efficiency and decrease energy bills, fuel poverty and carbon emissions. £49,227

Greenock Morton Community Trust's Greener Morton project will use the brand of Greenock Morton Football Club to promote lower carbon lifestyle choices in Inverclyde.  Project activities include a sports kit and footwear recycling initiative, an eco-friendly bulk laundry system and the promotion of car sharing, public transport and walking.  Engagement with local schools and promotional activities including two Greener Morton days attended by the first team will raise awareness of climate change and sustainable lifestyle options. £106,029

Loanhead Community Learning Association's Growing Good Loanhead project will reduce local carbon emissions through increasing the amount of produce grown in Loanhead Organic Garden and offering growing workshops.  Additional project activities include cooking and cycling workshops to cut carbon emissions associated with travel and waste while monthly film screenings will raise awareness of climate change. £46,063

The RGU: Union Sustainable Consumption Initiative is a project run by The Robert Gordon University Student Association in Aberdeen and will cut carbon emissions caused by waste and water use and will also increase environmental awareness throughout the university.  The project will reduce food waste and recyclables sent to landfill and encourage a move away from cooled bottled water towards mains water and refillable bottles. £73,464

Beechbrae Scotland Ltd's Beechbrae Community Gardens project will cut carbon emissions through increased production and consumption of local produce, reduced food waste and increased composting levels.  Community days and workshops will encourage the community to grow and cook local produce with the project also building relationships to increase stock of local produce in Blackridge, West Lothian.  Further workshops will focus on cooking with local produce and how to avoid food waste. £41,448

Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust's Community Hub Eco project will improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon emissions of a new community hub in Rutherglen by installing energy efficient measures including lighting and heating controls, upgraded windows and roof insulation.  The project will also provide an energy outreach programme to help users of the hub take energy efficient action at home to reduce energy use, bills, fuel poverty and carbon emissions. £149,931

Innerleithen Can Grow is a project run by You Can Cook and will create a community garden within the school grounds of St Ronan's Primary School, Innerleithen to supply fresh salad and vegetables to the school kitchens.  In addition to reducing carbon emissions through the production of local food the project will provide information, advice and support to the community on how to grow and cook healthy, local, seasonal food and reduce food waste. £68,150

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council's Lets Cook, Grow and Sew Together project aims to cut carbon emissions through increased home energy efficiency, growing of more local produce and a reduction in waste of food and household items.  The project will work with minority ethnic communities from across the West of Scotland with specific focus on South Asian, Chinese and Roma communities living in Greater Glasgow.  Project activities include the establishment of a community garden, weekly energy and food growing advice surgeries, reuse classes, information packs and recruitment of community champions to engage with their communities. £83,994

Our Low Carbon Community is a project run by Transition Heriot-Watt which will be working to imbed community sustainability within staff and student populations at Heriot-Watt University.  The project will focus on areas of interventions which can become community led and will be running community activities on food, waste, reuse and volunteering as well as a Travel Active programme, which will use new and innovative methods to get people cycling, walking and jogging to campus more regularly. £130,295

Methilhill Community Children's Initiative's Charlie's Plot 2 project led by young people in Methilhill, Fife will support the wider community to make informed food choices, reduce food waste and increase composting levels and knowledge of climate change.  Project activities will include a weekly gardening club, outreach sessions with local schools, nurseries, youth clubs and organisations, plus food waste and composting workshops. £32,611

The Swap and Reuse Hub (SHRUB) is a student-led co-operative whose aim is to significantly reduce carbon emissions caused by waste from the transient student population in central Edinburgh going to landfill.  The Edinburgh Use Less Stuff Hub project will enable swapping, fixing and up-cycling of discarded items and will empower members to reduce consumerism, cut waste and gain new practical skills.  The Scottish Government's Individual / Social / Material (ISM) Tool will be used to evaluate the impact of applying local carbon reduction strategies. £87,274

LEAP's (Local Energy Action Plan) LEAP Yep! (Youth Engagement Programme) project is a series of hands-on green vocational skills workshops, pop-up events and social gatherings devised by and for young people across the four communities of Lochwinnoch, Bridge of Weir, Howwood and Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire.  Through a range of engaging activities the project will enable young people to learn about their environment and gain practical skills they can use to reduce their carbon emissions. £56,919