Climate Challenge Fund open

Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change.

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020. Funding available in 2018/19 will also include a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund.*

The CCF is a Scottish Government grants programme managed and administered 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.

Climate Challenge Fund 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 an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 5pm on 28 August 2017. Applications for Development Grants are invited monthly until further notice.

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the CCF website for further information on the CCF and how to apply.