FUNDING: Climate Challenge Fund

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is a Scottish Government grants programme, which is managed and adminstered by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.  The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to tackle climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions.

To date, the CCF has awarded grants totalling £85.8 million supporting a range of successful projects, including energy efficiency improvements to community-owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options and community growing initiatives, plus schemes that help reduce waste and move Scotland further towards a more circular economy.

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2020*.  Development Grants of up to £1,500 are also available to help community-led organisations identify and scope out potential climate action projects - with the aim of enabling the organisation to apply for a CCF grant or to another funder.

The deadline to submit and Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 5pm on 28th August 2017.  Applications for Development Grants are invited monthly until further notice.  More information is on the CCF website

*For 2018-2019 some CCF Grant Recipients (with projects involving waste and circular economy activities, or installation of energy efficient measures in community-owned buildings) will be match funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The ERDF comes from the European Structural and Investment Fund.

News Date: 
Friday, 4 August, 2017
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