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Climate Challenge Fund - Round 10

Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, announced on 20 June 2012 the award of almost £3 million for 21 projects in the tenth round of grants from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

The projects offered grant are:

Eastwood Nursery - a local community driven project is converting a derelict site within Eastwood Park East, Renfrewshire into allotments and delivering food waste reduction programmes and gardening advice to local residents and schoolchildren. Thornliebank, Giffnock and Thornliebank Community Councils and the Woodfarm Residents Group have joined forces to help clear an overgrown site to make vegetable plots, greenhouses and polytunnels and raised beds available to the local residents schools and nurseries. £33,135

Whitmuir Initiative - the Black and Green project aims to collect woody residues from local gardens, tree surgeons and farms that would otherwise be dumped, incinerated or sent to landfill to make a form of charcoal known as biochar. When added to horticultural and agricultural soils biochar enhances plant growth, improves crop yields and 'locks up' atmospheric carbon in the ground for hundreds of years; local residents and farmers will learn how to use biochar. £149,640

Beith Community Development Trust's Beith Big Swap project aims to help sports clubs and teams in Beith kick the carbon habit by swapping driving for walking, sharing lifts and up-cycling sports kit. £111,736

Angus Care and Repair's professional staff can give talks and carry out Home Energy visits for older and disabled people to give advice on how to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. They also have a handyperson service to clear out lofts to enable them to get insulated or hang thermal curtains to retain heat. £120,716

Wick St. Fergus Church of Scotland's heating and lighting project involves the provision of first time insulation in the roof space of the church to minimise heat loss. The replacement of filament light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs to reduce electricity consumption will also help to reduce the carbon footprint of the church. £15,000

North Glasgow Housing Association aims to be at the forefront in implementing change through recycling and re-use, energy saving, food growing and in the process will change attitudes and behaviours to create a lasting legacy. £292,635

Gargunnock Community Trust's project aims to refurbish the Gargunnock Community Centre and help minimise its carbon footprint. The refurbished Community Centre will be insulated and have energy efficient heating and lighting which will demonstrate to individuals across the village the positive impact of such measures in both tackling climate change and reducing costs. £79,352

Mure Memorial Church in Baillieston is replacing all 62 windows in the Sanctuary and halls. £63,853

Kyle Academy Bike Club - a community based project adjacent to the banks of the River Ayr that will promote cycling as a sport in a safe and challenging environment for the whole family. Cycle trails with varying levels of difficulty will be created to support the novice bike rider and develop the enthusiast. The overarching aim of this project is to reduce local journeys by car and promote the sport of cycling leading to reduced congestion on local roads while promoting lifelong cycle skills training opportunities within the Kyle Community. £45,000

Shettleston Housing Association - the Shettleston Energy Advice project will help local people to reduce their energy consumption and in so doing save money on fuel bills. The project's advisors will visit people in their own homes to give advice on measures they can take and signpost them to agencies for specialist input and access to grants. £190,098

South Seeds - the South Seeds Energy Catalyst project aims to deliver practical advice and support to improve energy efficiency in properties in the South Glasgow area by working with local energy partners to maximise uptake of efficiency measures cut fuel bills and improve people's lives. Tenements will be encouraged to tackle energy efficiency by setting up Close Troops in which people will work together to improve close efficiency and work alongside the local community to work together to refurbish and manage green spaces for local food growing. £227,570

Allotment Association of Crieff - the demand for allotment space in Crieff has led to the provision of 30 plots where members will be able to grow their own seasonal produce. In addition to the undoubted health benefits, this will help to reduce CO2 emissions and cut down on food waste packaging and food miles. £11,150

Lesmahagow Development Trust's Grow a Lot Lesmahagow project aims to cut carbon emissions, promote a healthier lifestyle and improve the economic circumstances of Lesmahagow residents. The project which will create a new community allotment will enable local schools, interest groups and individuals to grow their own produce thereby reducing food miles and food waste. The establishment works will be delivered as an employability project providing waged work experience and training for local people. £89,488

Tighean Innse Gall's Sustainable Hebrides project will work in partnership with the many community land trusts throughout the Western Isles to improve energy efficiency and housing stock of the islands assisting the people of the Western Isles to reduce their fuel bills in a practical ' hands on' approach through free energy home visits. The Western Isles continue to suffer from the worst level of fuel poverty in the whole of the UK with housholds in 'severe fuel poverty' now matching the national average basic ' fuel poverty'. Sustainable Hebrides will have a considerable contribution towards helping vulnerable people reduce their fuel bills and carbon emissions throughout the Western Isles. £220,532

Highland Real Nappy Project - the Wee Footprints project will develop and promote techniques to deliver low-carbon parenting in the Highlands. Through incentives, peer support training and practical events Wee Footprints will work with new families and established early years providers to deliver significant carbon savings with a long term legacy. £211,837

Skill Share Dundee - people from across Dundee including old and young, students and professionals are coming together to share their knowledge, learn new skills and get involved in exciting new projects all of which will aim to cut their carbon emissions and help lead healthier lifestyles. £181,886

Fyne Futures - the Towards Zero Carbon Bute project aims to reduce carbon emissions through encouraging behaviour change on short journeys and actively support energy saving in Bute's built heritage. The project will also engage people in active travel and developing solutions for hard to treat properties on the island. £158,788

Solar Cities Scotland's Dundee Green Challenge project. The Community Representative structures from the Dundee Wards of the West End and North East are working with Solar Cities Scotland to engage residents in a three stage behaviour change programme that will encourage 2,600 households to take up low carbon living. This will be delivered alongside a household renewable energy and insulation advice service giving tailored guidance on how to improve residents' homes through the installation of energy saving measures and renewable energy technologies linked to "best price" offers from installers. £414,170

Grampian Housing Association's Community Energy Challenge project aims to reduce the CO2e emissions from its houses in targeted areas in Aberdeen City focusing on behaviour change in respect of energy use of their tenants and those of its sister organisation Langstane Housing Association. This will result in tenants being more aware of climate change and energy efficiency and will tackle fuel poverty resulting in an increase in tenants' well being. £100,694

Lightburn Elderly Association's Energy Efficiency Service will reduce the CO2e emissions from older people's homes and lifestyles within the Blantyre, Hamilton and Larkhall areas of South Lanarkshire. The Make a Difference Project will provide energy efficiency advice and advocacy training. £266,759

Transition Edinburgh Pentlands, in partnership with Juniper Green, Nether Currie and Currie Primary Schools will deliver a schools programme and community event designed to raise awareness of where energy comes from, how to reduce its usage and explore green alternatives. Through active learning class discussions and games the children will gain an understanding and awareness of how their and their families' actions and behaviour can make a difference allowing them to live more sustainable lives. £5,750