Community-led organisations invited to apply for Climate Challenge Fund

News story posted: 23/06/2017

Community-led organisations are invited to apply for Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) with grants of up to £150,000 available per organisation, per year for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020.


The Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund, which is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of Scottish Government, provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.


The CCF has supported projects involving energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste.


The type of community-led organisations from which we have received applications includes, but is not limited to: arts groups, sports clubs, community councils, faith groups, student unions, residents associations, local charities, food groups, community-led housing associations and development trusts.


All Climate Challenge Fund projects must meet four criteria to be considered eligible for funding:



Community must be at the heart of decision making process of the project and projects must be designed and delivered by communities themselves.


Carbon Reduction

The funded activity should lead to measurable carbon reductions, improve carbon literacy and help communities move to low carbon living.


Sustainable Legacy

The project should deliver a low carbon legacy, with outcomes (activities and/or behaviours) that continue after the project is completed.


Improved climate literacy

Projects should seek to deliver increased understanding of climate change in their communities.


For more information about the fund’s criteria, visit: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainability-climate-change/climate-challenge-fund/applying-for-ccf-funding/ccf-grants/


Grant Applicants are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest as soon as possible to enable the maximum amount of time to develop their application.



Expression of Interest deadline 28/8/17 by 17:00

Draft Application deadline 8/9/17 by 17:00

Final Application deadline 27/10/17 by 17:00


For more information, including eligibility and how to apply, please visit: http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainability-climate-change/climate-challenge-fund/applying-for-ccf-funding/


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