Community-led organisations interested in applying for funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) are invited to find out more at CCF Information Surgeries.

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CCF Information Surgeries are taking place at a number of locations across Scotland with the first surgery commencing on 17 July 2017. We are pleased to confirm two additional events in Lairg and Stirling.

The events will include:

  • A presentation from Keep Scotland Beautiful to introduce the funding available through the CCF and the support that we provide to applicants
  • Information from or about local CCF funded projects
  • An outline of support available for CCF applicants (and more generally) through Zero Waste ScotlandLocal Energy Scotland and Home Energy Scotland.
  • An open question and answer session
  • Chance to talk through project ideas with CCF staff
  • An opportunity to learn more about climate change

Attendees to the CCF Themed Gathering events will also be able to hear about CCF funding available and have the chance to discuss their project ideas with a Development Officer.

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The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is a Scottish Government grants programme which is 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.

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*. 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.

Find out more on the CCF website.

*For 2018-2019 some CCF Grant Recipients (with projects involving waste and circular economy activities, or installation of energy efficient measures in community-owned buildings) will be match funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF comes from the European Structural and Investment Fund.

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