April 22, 2009
Climate Challenge Fund – turning ideas into action
The Climate Challenge Fund is probably the most focused pot of public funding currently available. Two simple criteria – applicants must be community led and the projects must deliver reductions in carbon emissions. Grants from a few hundred up to a million. £27.4 million in total. A further 33 communities have just had their applications approved. See who got what.
Applications to CCF approved in April 2009
Crichton Carbon Centre – £67,889, April 2009
As part of this Carbon Busters 2 project, pupils and teachers from eight schools will work to measure and reduce their schools carbon footprint, primarily through behavioural change. The project will be facilitated by the Crichton Carbon Centre, who will deliver lessons about climate change and carbon footprinting, and help pupils create School Action Plans with the ultimate aim of reducing carbon emissions by 15 per cent.
Heal the Earth Ayrshire – £30,367, April 2009
The Assloss Walled Garden Allotments in Kilmarnock will grow organic vegetables, using a rainwater catchment system, with few carbon emissions. Local schools, groups and families invited to join the c…
The Assloss Walled Garden Allotments in Kilmarnock will grow organic vegetables, using a rainwater catchment system, with few carbon emissions. Local schools, groups and families invited to join the community venture to grow food for free.
Guildtown Community Association – £120,200, April 2009
The Guildtown & Wolfhill Carbon Community Action Project, which will employ a coordinator, aims to wean households and businesses off oil-fired central heating; maximise energy efficiency savings; dev…
The Guildtown & Wolfhill Carbon Community Action Project, which will employ a coordinator, aims to wean households and businesses off oil-fired central heating; maximise energy efficiency savings; develop, test and promote rural transport solutions; and utilise the projects rural location to investigate opportunities for biomass and reduction of food miles. The aim is to reduce the carbon footprint of participating households by up to 30% year. It also aims to test the appetite (and possibly trial) for a community wide carbon cap and individual quotas.
East Neuk Communities Group – £212,903, April 2009
Community-based energy efficiency program which will provide local solutions, including energy audits, support and advice as well as enabling increased uptake of the various schemes currently on offer…
Community-based energy efficiency program which will provide local solutions, including energy audits, support and advice as well as enabling increased uptake of the various schemes currently on offer for cavity and loft insulation, draught proofing, new double glazing, heating controls and replacement boiler systems.
Perth & District YMCA – £122,052, April 2009
Perth YMCA’s Three C’s Project (Community Carbon Champions) will involve local unemployed young people working with families to grow vegetables in their gardens. They will also create an educational D…
Perth YMCA’s Three C’s Project (Community Carbon Champions) will involve local unemployed young people working with families to grow vegetables in their gardens. They will also create an educational DVD around Carbon Emission Reduction which will be distributed at local community events celebrating the harvest of the vegetables.
Deaf Connections – £16,850, April 2009
The DEAFinately Greener project will ensure Deaf people in Scotland have equal access to information and advice about climate change in British Sign language (BSL), overcoming the communication barriers which currently exclude them. It will empower Deaf people so they can take both individual action and work together as a community to reduce their carbon footprint by at least 30%.
Barrhill Community Interest Company – £70,365, April 2009
To create a network of Climate Champions from residents within Barrhill and four neighbouring villages. The principal aims are community engagement and capacity building about climate change and makin…
To create a network of Climate Champions from residents within Barrhill and four neighbouring villages. The principal aims are community engagement and capacity building about climate change and making a collective, local response.
Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust – £90,067, April 2009
The Out of the Blue Drill Hall refurbishment will transform a building once heated and ventilated with an emphasis on fossil fuels, into one which is an inspirational example of environmental sustainability. New spaces will be created for community participation, namely studios, workshop space, growing garden and community café extension. Secondly, the benefits of the nature of the Drill Hall refurbishment will be promoted through promotional materials and awareness raising sessions.
Kilwinning Community Sports Club – £57,347, April 2009
Will employ a ‘green and active’ programme coordinator to implement a wide ranging programme aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of their employees, stakeholders, membership and the wider community.
Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust – £160,105, April 2009
The Scotstoun and Kingsway Focus Project is all about addressing climate change at the doorstep of the ordinary household. A range of projects will be undertaken, including composting, creating commun…
The Scotstoun and Kingsway Focus Project is all about addressing climate change at the doorstep of the ordinary household. A range of projects will be undertaken, including composting, creating community gardens, promoting cycling, recycling and changing household behaviour in the areas of energy use and transport choices.
Assynt Renewables Ltd – £74,220, April 2009
An energy audit of houses, community buildings and businesses in the Assynt parish area with support from Energy Saving Trust Scotland.
Strathblanefield Community Development Trust – £106,885, April 2009
The project aims to reduce household energy consumption in Strathblane. Every household will be offered an energy audit of their home, and personalised advice and assistance about energy efficiency. Many properties will have a thermal image taken. The project will cut energy costs, increase the take-up of energy-saving measures and encourage the use of renewable energy.
Argyll, Lomond and the Islands Energy – £267,504, April 2009
To establish drop-in energy information and advice points in seven communities in Argyll; to develop networks of community energy volunteers and to facilitate and support local community energy projects and initiatives.
Fintry Development Trust – £22,506, April 2009
Fintry Development Trust is seeking to explore the possibility of a local energy supply company in the village to accelerate the take-up of energy saving behaviours and technologies within the village. This project will look at the feasibility of this approach and will develop a financial model, address the legal issues and establish initial relationships with the key partner organisations so that a pilot project can be run later in the year.
The North Howe Transition Toun – £92,755, April 2009
This Transition group will engage the community via door-to-door surveys, carbon foot printing and public consultation and training events on food, transport and eco renovation. There will also be community film and pub nights with visiting speakers, practical projects such as a bulk garden-supplies centre and community apple press, and feasibility studies to improve local footpaths, bike routes, and car sharing schemes.
Church of the Sacred Heart – £136,666, April 2009
The 100 year-old Lauriston Hall in Edinburgh’s West Port is a large city centre community space. The Climate Challenge Fund will help the Church of the Sacred Heart to introduce natural light and provide insulation to the ceiling, wall and floor, to reduce by up to 80% the carbon emissions of this elegant building.
Glasgow Steiner School – £56,350, April 2009
Glasgow Steiner School: Sustainability Strategies to reduce the school’s energy requirements – Feasibility Study and Initial Implementation.
Fife Housing Association – £35,668, April 2009
A feasibility study by Fife Housing Association into the energy potential from minewater lying below Kirkcaldy. If viability can be determined the latent energy will be developed in collaboration with Fife Council and ‘Renew Services Ltd’ to tackle fuel poverty and provide renewable energy to a wide variety of energy users.
Shandon Local Food Group – £22,530, April 2009
Shandon Local Food Group is a newly established community group which is seeking to reduce the carbon impact of the purchase, production and disposal of food in the Shandon area of Edinburgh. Phase one of the project is researching the current carbon footprint of food and developing innovative ways of assessing this alongside building community views of what works best to support local food.
The Energy Advisory Service on behalf of the North Harris Trust – £56,000, April 2009
The Community Carbon Challenge project will work with the residents of North Harris to achieve maximum energy efficiency in terms of Advice, Insulation and heating through a partnership with North Harris Trust and TEAS: The Energy Advisory Service
Lightburn Elderly Association Project – £115,797, April 2009
The Hands on Project' aims to deliver an energy efficiency and recycling programme aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the Cambuslang and Rutherglen areas. The community led project will work with older people to tackle a global problem at a local level.
Sustainable Energy Association Stonehaven – £12,400, April 2009
SEAS (Sustainable Energy Association Stonehaven) was established in January 2008 with the aim of developing income generating renewable energy projects in the town, as well as supporting energy efficiency initiatives where practicable. Income generated will feed into a community trust fund which can then be used as a source of funding for other projects in the future.
Here We Are (Cairndow) – £9,500, April 2009
Here We Are will conduct a comprehensive audit of all the 120 houses in the village and 10 significant commercial sites. They will collate the data from the survey, with an aim to identify how these premises can be improved in terms of energy efficiency; this will have a direct impact on the reduction of carbon emissions on a local, national and global level.
Pilmeny Development Project / North East Edinburgh Care Action Group – £3,460, April 2009
This project seeks to undertake a Community Consultation on the uptake of Energy Efficiency measures with older people and carers in North East Edinburgh (primarily Leith and Portobello). Through this work, we aim to raise older people’s and carers knowledge and awareness on how they can reduce their carbon footprint and address their concerns around fuel poverty. http://www.pilmenydevelopmentproject.co.uk/
Whitsome Village Hall Association – £4,977, April 2009
This award has been made for the Village Hall Association to explore means of supplying and running green electrical power to run the Whitsome Ark hall, which already has solar panels and ground sourced energy.
Milton Rovers Youth FC – £8,568, April 2009
The project by Milton Rovers involves the upgrade and refurbishment of this community facility with the aim of including energy saving measures to reduce carbon emissions and running costs. Any savings made will be re-invested to carry out further carbon reducing/energy saving measures in addition to reduced hire charges for facility users.
East Fife Allotment Association – £1500, April 2009
The East Fife Allotment Association seeks to create the opportunity for local people to grow their own fruit and vegetables. By doing so, not only will there be a contribution to the reduction of carbon emissions, but the communities are provided with permanent leisure amenities. The focus of this initial application to the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) will be to help the organisation achieve the necessary planning, legal and financial consents required to take the project to the development phase.
Woodend Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club – £3500, April 2009
The Climate Aware Woodend Project is an attempt to establish a model of good practice for other sports clubs to follow in carbon management. This model will then be promoted to other similar clubs allowing dissemination of good practice.
Callander Community Development Trust – £5000, April 2009
This project by the Callander Trust is expected to harness abundant supply of water and generate electricity to the benefit of the Community, by providing renewable energy and funds from the sale of electricity for the Community to invest into other carbon reduction projects. The grant will be used to fund a feasibility study to identify and cost the best location for the development of the Hydro Project.
Transition Edinburgh South – £7305, April 2009
Two community groups, Transition Edinburgh South and the Edinburgh Southside Energy Efficient Group aim to find to best way to transition to lower energy in two tenement streets in South Edinburgh. South Edinburgh householders will share their solutions and plan some more with the two groups.
Friends of the Earth Fife – £1800, April 2009
This project by FoE Fife will investigate the feasibility of establishing an environmental and community information/advice centre in Kirkcaldy. The scoping study will focus on public consultation, but will also investigate the practicalities of setting up such a centre.
Dalavich Improvement Group – £1540, April 2009
Dalavich Improvement Group, on the West coast of Scotland, has undertaken to reduce the carbon footprint of their village hall by at least 50%. Their solution is to use an Air recovery Heat pump system and significantly improve the insulation of the building’s external walls and windows.
The Organic Growers of Fairlie – £47,492, April 2009