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Climate Challenge Fund - Round 9

Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, announced on 13 March 2012 the award of almost £7 million for 43 projects in the ninth round of grants from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

The projects offered grant are:

Community Central Halls - Maryhill Climate Change project aims to bring the community of Maryhill together to tackle climate change while reducing fuel poverty, improving the appearance of our built environment and improving people's skills, knowledge and capacity to help them deal with local and global environmental issues. This will be delivered through community food growing projects, sustainable cookery lessons and energy awareness raising. £34,354

Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop - BicycleNess will be providing targeted interventions to overcome the barriers to cycling and sustainable transport in Inverness, by providing bicycle confidence courses covering road safety, cycle skills, bike maintenance and cycling theory. These courses will be targeted at school children, teenage girls and women to encourage equality of access to cycling as a mode of sustainable transport and to promote well-being, there will also be open access to a supported workshop environment so everyone can benefit from this project. £90,730

Glasgow School of Art Students Association - Glasgow Artists Climate Challenge is undertaking a feasibility study to consult with local artist groups to establish the feasibility for carbon reduction projects. This is being undertaken in Glasgow by the Glasgow School of Art Students Association and has the aim to initiate plans for carbon reduction projects which will leave a legacy for a more sustainable local arts community. £4,000

Carluke Development Trust's From Small Acorns 2 (Increasing Awareness) project will work with households to help them to reduce their CO2 emissions through free home visits energy advice and audit, and workshops and events to raise awareness of energy use and energy conservation. They will also work with schools and young people to raise awareness of climate change issues and to encourage behaviour change and encourage young people to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. They will work with Eco-Schools committees to take their Eco-Schools programme forward. £88,524

St Mary's Episcopal Church and Primary School in Dunblane, will work together to reduce the Carbon Footprint of their Church Hall. The project will also raise awareness among local organisations, families and individuals of all ages of the need to be energy aware in the areas of home, travel and food consumption and will therefore have a wider impact on the carbon consumption of the Dunblane community at large, resulting in behaviour change. £20,988

Ross-shire Waste Action Network (RoWAN) - R U up 4 it? is a 3 year project that aims to reduce the carbon emissions of schools and communities centred around two secondary schools, Dingwall Academy and Charleston Academy (Inverness) through a range of activities. The project will raise awareness of the environmental issues around food, including the carbon emissions created by its production, packaging, storage, transportation and disposal, and promote positive, sustainable behaviour change that will result in significant carbon reductions in the participating households and schools. £179,447

Students' Association of the University of the West of Scotland - Transition UWS aims to deliver exciting new projects to initiate further reductions in the university communities’ personal environmental impact and help some of the most economical disadvantaged students in Scotland save some cash. This will be achieved through a programme of Carbon Conversation and Your Money, Your Planet courses, as well as a range of activities to encourage sustainable cooking. £67,838

Sustaining Dunbar - the Resilient Dunbar project will take a holistic approach to enabling behaviour change with a combination of projects supporting food growing, food waste reduction and composting, home energy saving, travel behaviour change and reducing the need to travel. By doing so they hope to enhance their community’s resilience by reducing dependence on carbon - delivering approximately 18,529 tonnes of CO2 lifetime savings - as well as increasing social capital, providing opportunities for learning and sharing skills, engaging many more people in practical projects and increasing local employment opportunities. £450,000

Lockerbie Primary School's Healthy Lockerbie, Happy Lockerbie project will improve the health and happiness of the Lockerbie Primary School and pupils households by reducing carbon emissions. The pupils will calculate their carbon footprint and take action to reduce it by growing their own food, saving energy and introducing a sustainable transport plan. £8,164

Playbusters’ Grow Green with Glasgow's East End programme will address issues of climate change across the East End of Glasgow with leadership from young people and volunteers. Through local food growing, energy saving, recycling and reuse, they are establishing a change in culture towards climate change and creating a sustainable future for the community. £449,662

Transition Heriot-Watt - the community at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh is serious about accelerating change in sustainable behaviour, reducing its carbon footprint, not to mention saving staff and students cash, getting them healthier and building a greater sense of community. Transition Heriot-Watt has already converted participant behaviour when travelling to and from the campus.  Now THW wants to consolidate these gains, diversify and deepen its remit to encourage students and staff to waste less food and eat more healthily, make their homes more energy efficient, and address some of the barriers that discourage people from cycling to the campus. £388,544

Moffat CAN - the Moffat Youth CAN project aims to lower the carbon footprint of young people – school pupils and the Guides, Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers and Cubs - via exciting educational programmes. It uses as a rich resource the Moffat CAN staff knowledge and the Moffat CAN site with its low carbon building conversion which incorporates a recycling depot and reuse centre; Scotland's first aquaponics greenhouse growing fruit, veg and fish in water, and a community garden and allotments with food composting and wormeries. £89,378

The Concrete Garden's Fruitful Futures project is a community led food growing initiative tackling waste reduction with a strong intergenerational approach to skills sharing and asset based community development. £281,288

Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust's Low Carbon Colntraive and Glendaruel project aims to provide advice and assistance to householders in taking steps to insulate their homes, and reduce their energy bills. It will also provide advice for householders to help them make informed choices to install biomass heating systems to further reduce their carbon footprints. £79,994

Isle of Rum Community Trust's Greening Rum project aims to make Rum a centre for environmental excellence, making the most of its status as an National Nature Reserve. With energy efficiency improvements to the community hall as a starting point, they aim to educate and encourage residents to grow more of their own food, use electricity more wisely, and make their homes more energy efficient. £19,475

Glamis Primary School's Climate Change project aims to work out the school’s global footprint and develop an action plan involving the entire school to reduce it. £1,388

A Greener Melrose has taken a 20 year lease on a 3.5 acre field at Drygrange, Earleston, to plant and maintain a community orchard. By providing local fruit and nuts, members and volunteers will, by decreasing the amount imported from non-local sources, reduce the transportation CO2 emissions as well as increase the community’s resilience and further develop community spirit. £3,000

Fintry Development Trust’s F8 Project will move 80% of households, and all community buildings, in the village onto micro-renewable heating and electricity generation systems by 2015. This will demonstrate that the Scottish Government’s ambitious 2020 renewable energy target can be met on a community level and will impressively reduce Fintry’s CO2 emissions through a move to micro-renewables, intensive Fintry Community Energy Advice service and supporting low carbon community transport options. To highlight, showcase and share Fintry’s exciting and exemplary low carbon sustainability work, FDT will create and run a living 'Centre of Low Carbon Excellence' that will engage the local community as experts to facilitate the intensive skills and knowledge exchange within the Fintry campus. £314,973

Comrie Development Trust's New Carbon Challenge project will be tackling behaviour change at a local level through three exciting new projects. Young people in the village will be invited to attend a two-day action packed event to gauge their attitudes to climate change and create their own Carbon Action Plan, householders will be invited to take part in a three year behaviour change study to assess barriers to change and how to overcome them and all residents in Comrie will have access to a dedicated Energy Advisor who will provide energy Audits and promote a solar thermal and PV bulk-purchasing scheme – all three projects are geared towards finding local solutions to climate change and reducing the collective carbon footprint of the village. £85,990

Tenants First Housing Co-operative's Co-operation Green project will focus on Aberdeenshire and will support their tenants and those of their partners Castlehill Housing Association to reduce the carbon emissions of their households. This will result in a reduction in their energy use, which in turn will lead to lower energy costs, thus tackling the issue of fuel poverty. £99,916

Strathglass and Affric Community Company Ltd - Cannich Hall Refurbishment project. A local community in the Highlands is using the refurbishment of its village hall to help launch a wider energy awareness campaign. The local school and youth club have been recruited as 'energy monitors' to help cut the community’s carbon footprint. £25,400

Fife Diet's Local Food Solutions project aims to expand from 3,000 to 6,000 members over the next three years. They will be creating regular Carbon Impact reports on their collective emissions reductions, rolling out a Being the Change programme engaging new communities in their six steps to sustainable food, and launching a Growing Community project which focuses on collective urban agriculture and forest gardening in Kirkcaldy. £448,036

University of Strathclyde - the Transition University of Strathclyde (Phase 1) feasibility and community consultation study aims to survey the landscape and engage with staff and students within the University of Strathclyde. The project will fund two interns to collect baseline information on their current situation, research which projects will work best considering their unique student and staff demographic and to inform the development of Phase 2 of this project. £4,989

Lochside Primary's Lochside Green Fingers initiative is a school led community group that will develop a fruit and vegetable garden in the school grounds. The group will be led by the school’s Eco Committee and, with the support of local community groups, will use their extensive school grounds to produce fruit and vegetables to be used in school lunches and tuck shop. £2,218

Nairn Allotment Society - Sandown Community Gardens project plans to create specific allotment growing space for disadvantaged adults and young people within the Nairn area. The project will provide training & resources not only to help people grow, cook and enjoy their own home-grown fruit and vegetables, but will also focus on reducing food miles, unnecessary packaging and by reducing waste through effective composting & recycling. £4,000

Eco Drama's Magic Van Tour 2012-15 will deliver educational workshops and theatre shows to primary and secondary schools within Glasgow City Council. The project will reduce carbon emissions through education, awareness raising and behavioural change with young people and the community and will further reduce emissions through the use of its biodiesel vehicle. £281,742

Next Step Initiative's project aims to transform aspirations, empower and improve lives and build sustainable futures for African Communities in the Glasgow region using the African Climate Change Centre in Scotland. The Climate Centre will be part of the larger Africa Centre in Glasgow which has a range of community based initiatives focusing on young people and women utilising media (radio and TV) drama, art and the integration of African music in Scotland. £393,515

Kirkcaldy Community Gardens and Allotments - Ravenscraig Walled Garden Training Area will provide raised beds and polytunnels for training school and community groups in gardening skills, increasing their confidence to grow their own food. In the fullness of time they will use these skills to grow their own thus contributing to long term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. £47,656

Whitlawburn Community Resource Centre's Community Energy project will raise awareness amongst local residents and community groups of practical ways to save energy in the home. It will also provide a more energy efficient Resource Centre, inspiring local people to maintain energy behaviour changes, which will create a lasting impact, reducing the carbon footprint of the Whitlawburn community. £129,950

Gartmore Community Trust Ltd - the Trust is redeveloping Gartmore Village Hall, to convert a dilapidated building into a valuable, sustainable resource that will be at the heart of community life, sustaining present activities and encouraging new ventures. As part of the development, funding from the Climate Challenge Fund will be used to install a combination of insulation measures that will dramatically alter the energy efficiency of an old building. The project will be used to show how best practice and effective measures can reduce energy loss. It will be used as a showcase for an awareness campaign to stimulate adoption of energy efficiency measures by the wider local community. £134,649

Elie, Kilconquhar and Colinsburgh Churches - the Kilconquhar Church Insulation and Lighting project aims to instal ceiling insulation and energy efficient lighting which will lead to a large reduction in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. This will help the environment and give increased comfort for all users of the only community resource in the village. £12,690

St Andrews Environmental Network and Transition University of St Andrews have joined forces to bring a unique initiative to the town and gown communities of the St Andrews area to reduce carbon emissions and to build community resilience. Projects will focusing on energy use in homes, community gardens, consumption of sustainable foods, a local exchange scheme, and engaging individuals in practical responses to climate change. £347,770

Edinburgh World Heritage's Green Heritage project aims to reduce fuel poverty and cut carbon emissions in the World Heritage Site (WHS) by 600 tonnes of CO2 by the end of March 2015. The new community-led projects will include practical energy efficiency workshops, creating more historic vegetable gardens, food-waste activities and innovative active travel initiatives.  The WHS Energy Efficiency Manager will work with local communities in fuel poverty and in disadvantaged areas around the World Heritage Site, while a new Youth Officer will empower young people to act as leaders in the climate change agenda by ensuring that green skills are passed on to future generations. £189,993

Trustees for Denholm - the Denholm Carbon Reduction project is starting with the insulation and energy reduction of the Village Hall to allow for increased and varied activities, and to act as the basis for a major refurbishment programme. Concurrently an energy reduction awareness campaign, based on the insulation and energy reduction activities at the Village Hall, relating to private households will be conducted throughout the Village, an activity which is expected to lead to significant carbon reduction. £57,484

Towards Transition Stirling plans to energise residents in the Stirling area with its new project, Wood For All. This will increase local forestry skills, links between landowners and local communities and the use of wood fuel through both increasing the demand and increasing supply. Free impartial renewable heat assessments are on offer to the local community who will also have an opportunity to be part of a locally managed woodland resource, where the community gains cheap wood and woodland skills and the landowner gains management of an underutilised resource. £316,616

Letham Residents Association - the Letham Community Allotments project aims to turn neglected land within the community into productive fruit and vegetable plots. The project will assist plot holders and community gardeners with a range of practical gardening workshops allowing them the best possible start for our latest community initiative. £104,158

Glasgow Bike Station's A Better Way to Work project aims to promote cycling as well as walking and public transport as a convenient and sustainable way to travel to work. The project will work in co-operation with organisations and companies based in Greater Glasgow. £444,615

Kirkhill District Amenities Association's Kirkhill Centre Forward project will provide the community of Kirkhill district with a modern energy efficient building by installing energy efficiency measures to the existing building and new extension. This will make the facilities more attractive and comfortable and provide additional space for community activity in an area with a growing population. £53,476

University of Stirling Students' Union's Lower-Carbon 'University Community Challenge' is a student led project that aims to reduce the carbon emissions of over 36,000 students within the University of Stirling and Forth Valley College community. This will be achieved primarily through education, awareness raising and behaviour change campaigning providing skills, knowledge and resources to the community on energy efficiency, waste, and consumable recycling. £110,000

Transition Black Isle is working locally to enable communities to adjust to the challenges people will face as energy becomes scarce and the impacts of climate change begin to bite. Through the Black Isle Travel Pilot project it aims to cut car travel by local residents by 1 million miles per year by promoting more sustainable alternatives including cycling, walking, lift-share and public transport. £194,741

Greener Kirkcaldy's Kirkcaldy Goes Greener! project will help locals to reduce their carbon footprints and learn about positive community-based solutions to climate change. The food project will encourage people to grow and cook local, seasonal food and to reduce waste, and the energy project will help householders, charities and community buildings to save energy, money and carbon. £382,117

The Factory Skatepark Organisation's project aims to build a low energy, high efficiency, and low carbon dioxide emissions fun facility for all the family. This new community facility which will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come will play its part in protecting the environment whilst at the same time creating a fun filled community venue. £49,976

Lochwinnoch Millennium Events Group's LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) project will enable householders in Lochwinnoch and 3 neighbouring villages to reduce energy wasted in their homes. The project will develop car clubs and lift sharing schemes, expand local food producing initiatives and provide greater access to climate change information through local schools and other organisations working with children and young people in these local communities. £442,500