Climate Challenge Fund

We created the Climate Challenge Fund to encourage communities across Scotland to take action on climate change, and so help our transition to more sustainable, low-carbon lifestyles.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the fund on our behalf, and an independent grants panel makes recommendations to Ministers on which projects should be funded.

The fund supports community-led projects which lead to realistic and measurable reduction of carbon emissions, and which are designed to leave a long-standing legacy of low-carbon behaviour. Themes include:

  • providing energy efficiency advice to households
  • improving community-owned properties to make them more energy efficient
  • reducing or eliminating carbon emissions through 'greener' travel
  • reducing waste and increasing recycling
  • growing food locally and in tune with the seasons

In addition to reducing carbon emissions, the Climate Challenge Fund offers a range of social and health-related benefits to communities. These include:

  • increased community cohesion, which helps combat social isolation
  • help with saving money and escaping fuel poverty
  • opportunities for employment and training
  • opportunities for individuals to work and learn together
  • opportunities for physical exercise
  • promotion of healthy eating

The 2018 to 2019 fund is now closed to applications. See the list of projects awarded with funding for 2019-2021

The next funding round is now open. Find more information on the Climate Challenge Fund website.

Communities' Climate Change Pledge

We created the Communities' Climate Change Pledge to help community groups raise awareness of climate change within their local areas, and of the 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.

Find more information and sign up to the pledge on Keep Scotland Beautiful's website.


For more information on our policy supporting the Climate Challenge Fund, contact Catriona Jeorrett at