£1.5m boost for community climate projects

Community groups taking action against climate change are to benefit from an extra £1.5 million, the Scottish Government has announced. It will boost the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) – which […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Community groups taking action against climate change are to benefit from an extra £1.5 million, the Scottish Government has announced.

It will boost the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) – which supports carbon-cutting projects – and take the total budget for 2014-15 to £11.8 million.

Projects that will share the fund include an e-bike rental scheme aimed at cutting carbon emissions and a programme to improve the energy efficiency of Wardie Church Halls in north Edinburgh which expects to reduce energy use, bills as well as emissions.

The Scottish Government said the extra financial boost addresses “a surge in demand for funding”.

David Gunn, Climate Challenge Fund Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “Grants up to £150,000 per year, per project are available until March 2016 through the Climate Challenge Fund and Junior Climate Challenge Fund. We urge community groups to apply for grants and help make their local areas more sustainable places to live and work.”

The Climate Challenge Fund has supported 658 community group projects that have been awarded grants totalling more than £57.2 million.