Funding available for groups to reduce community carbon footprints

KSBDunfermline MSP Bill Walker is encouraging west Fife community groups to find out if their projects for reducing the carbon footprint of their communities are eligible for funding through the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).

The CCF makes grants of up to £150,000/yr and includes a Junior Climate Challenge Fund of the same amount. Development Grants of £750 are available to help young people, disadvantaged communities and ethnic minority communities develop their applications.

Mr Walker said: “This is an excellent opportunity for community groups to receive substantial funding for projects that will benefit their communities – and, of course, any attempts to lower carbon emissions at a local level will play a part in benefiting Scotland as a whole.

“Projects could include anything from taking energy efficiency measures, such as insulating community buildings and replacing windows, to creating a community allotment aimed at tackling food waste. Many community groups have plenty of great ideas but lack the funding to put them in practice, so I would urge them to take advantage of this opportunity and put an application together.”

Community groups can submit applications to the CCF grants panel in September and December 2013, and in March 2014. Since its launch in June 2008, The CCF has made 563 awards, totalling over £46.9m, to 408 groups across Scotland.

For more information or to apply, visit www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccf. Alternatively email ccfenquiries@ksbscotland.org.uk or call 01786 468779

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