The Climate Challenge Fund supports communities across Scotland to take action on climate change and move to low carbon living. The Fund supports projects which reduce carbon, are community led and create a legacy of low carbon behaviour assets.
The Climate Challenge Fund has awarded over £61 million of funding to 696 projects in 512 communities across Scotland since its launch in 2008 and is a grant scheme administered within the Sustainable Action Fund.
The Scottish Government remains committed to supporting Scottish communities through the Climate Challenge Fund. In response to growing demand from communities and the quality of applications coming forward, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change increased the budget for 2014-15 from £10.3 million to £11.8 million. The budget for 2015-16 is £10.3 million. A proportion of the funding also supports projects run by and for young people under the Junior Climate Challenge Fund (for young people up to age 21).
Applications to the Climate Challenge Fund are still being accepted. Further information on how to apply and future Grant Panel deadlines can be found on the Climate Challenge Fund website.
Scottish communities have the opportunity to bid for those funds to make a real difference by reducing their carbon emissions. Applications are open to communities already in receipt of funding, and we also encourage new communities to apply. We are grateful for your continued interest in the Climate Challenge Fund and look forward to continuing to work with Scotland's carbon saving communities.
If you'd like to find out more take a look at our case studies and list of projects we're funding to see how your community or others have already put Climate Challenge Funds to good use.
This website will continue to be updated on a regular basis, highlighting the work being undertaken by communities who are receiving funding from the Climate Challenge Fund. This will include up to date information co-ordinated by Keep Scotland Beautiful on Climate Challenge Fund events.
Additional background information relating to the Climate Challenge Fund is also available.