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Scotland reopens climate fund

The Scottish Government has announced that it is continuing to support communities as they work to tackle the climate emergency.

By reopening the Climate Engagement Fund, the government is backing community, cultural and education groups to engage with people to make climate improvements. This can be done through festivals, skills workshops, art exhibitions, or youth developments programmes.

Scotland environmental community funding

Màiri McAllan, Scotland’s Net Zero Secretary, commented:

“Scotland is fully committed to meeting out target of net zero emissions by 2045 and, as part of this, it is important that people understand the nature and the scale of the climate emergency, the actions they can take to help and the support available to them to do so.

“By supporting grassroots actions, the Climate Engagement Fund will help enable individuals and communities to directly contribute to tackling climate change.”

The Climate Engagement Fund has already committed £550,000 to eight projects around Scotland, with the latest available investment adding a further £250,000. One of the projects that was supported by the fund was the Building Futures Galloway project, which worked to ensure that people across Galloway have the skills needed to improve the energy efficiency of older building, helping them to apply those techniques in their own homes.

Funding applicants can apply for between £25,000 and £80,000 to see their project through, with the closing date for applications being the 7th May 2024. If allocated, organisations must ensure that their activity is complete by the 31st March 2025, with funding not able to cover capital costs.

 

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