Community Growing Scotland

Grants of up to £150,000 per year are available for community groups who work to tackle climate change by reducing their community's carbon emissions.

Grants from the Climate Challenge Fund have supported the installation of energy efficient measures in community owned buildings and have helped community groups to provide local energy efficiency advice. They have also funded community growing spaces and local projects to help people move away from their cars towards lower carbon transport alternatives.

Thirteen projects received a total of £2.1 million of funding at the latest Climate Challenge Fund Grant Panel and applications are invited for presentation to the CCF Grant Panel in 2013 and 2014 with the next draft application deadline in July 2013.

Additional support to help disadvantaged communities and ethnic minority communities to get their CCF applications off the ground is available through Development grants of £750.

Projects led by young people to reduce the carbon footprint of their community are also supported. The Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF) offers young people grants to develop a full JCCF grant application where they could secure funding of up to £150,000 per year.

All groups applying for CCF funding can count on support from a Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, who manage the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. Keep Scotland Beautiful is 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.

For information or to apply for a grant please visit the Keep Scotland Beautiful website.