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Climate Challenge Fund grants for community owned building energy efficiency improvements:
£10.3 million/yr available until March 2015

Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) grants of up to £150,000/yr from the Scottish Government can provide funds and support for Scottish community groups to run a project to install energy efficient measures in community owned buildings and provide energy efficiency advice, reducing carbon footprint, bills and improving facilities.

The CCF is managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the independent charity which campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global environmental issues which affect people’s quality of life. It is committed to making Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow.

5 projects involving installation of energy efficient measures in community owned buildings were among the 13 projects that received over £2.1 million of funding at the latest Climate Challenge Fund Grant Panel in February. Applications for CCF funding are invited for presentation to future CCF Grant Panels with the next due to take place in September 2013.

Case study: Leith Community Climate Change project repurposes grade B listed building:

Leith Community Climate Change project run by Himalayan Centre Edinburgh Ltd received a grant of £255,837 to support a community initiative to establish a low-carbon, sustainable centre for arts and culture, repurposing the Dr Bell’s swimming pool, on Great Junction Street, a grade B-listed building. Energy efficient measures will be installed when the building is renovated, while the second year of the project will see a Community Engagement Officer and five Climate Champions focusing on a community climate initiative. This initiative will work with local people to reduce the carbon footprint of their daily lives.

CCF grants have also funded…As well as energy efficiency projects CCF grants have also funded community growing spaces and local projects to help people move away from their cars towards lower carbon transport alternatives. These projects have reduced carbon footprint, helping to tackle climate change and provided community benefits.

Development grants… New £750 Development Grants are available to support disadvantaged communities, ethnic minority communities and young people in developing their CCF application with a simple form available on the CCF website.

Support from Keep Scotland Beautiful…From initial ideas to project implementation, groups applying for CCF funding can count on support from Keep Scotland Beautiful, who administer the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. This includes help from a dedicated Development Officer, training sessions and a host of online resources.

Applications for CCF funding are invited for presentation to future CCF Grant Panels with the next due to take place in September 2013.

For further information or to apply for a grant please see the Keep Scotland Beautiful website www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccf call a Development Officer on 01786 468 779 or email ccfenquiries@ksbscotland.org.uk or come and see a Keep Scotland Beautiful Development Officer at one of the spring events they are attending.

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