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  • Community Climate Grants for Fife Community Groups

    Created: 08/05/2024
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance
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    Fife-based community groups are once again invited to apply for up to £1,000 to help act on the climate emergency.

    Community Climate Grants are a collaboration between Climate Action Fife and Fife Climate Hub. The grants are made up of two distinct funds: The Seed and Development Fund and the Small Grants Fund. Groups can apply for one or even both funds. Launched in December 2023 the scheme is now in its second year.

    • The Seed and Development Fund supports groups to start up new projects, take forward existing plans, or increase their capacity to take more climate action.  Up to £1,000 is available to cover costs such as training, feasibility studies, developing website or match funding.
    • The Small Grants Fund of £500 each encourages new climate events and activities. Eligible activities include community gardening, bike repair workshops, climate Cafes, talks and more.

    “These grants help us build a network that's all about grassroots action, tailored to each community’s needs," explained Craig Leitch, Manager of Fife Climate Hub, a Fife Communities Climate Action Network (FCCAN) project.

    "In the last round of funding our community climate grants empowered 31 groups from all over Fife to deliver climate action. Among them was newcomer Fife Curnie Clubs, which now has its very own community growing space. This not only cultivated social connection, which is the main aim of the group, but enriched the lives of people through nature, plus giving them a better understanding of how everyone can have a positive impact on the climate emergency."

    "This time, we're keeping the Seed and Development Fund open year-round, just like our community members asked so groups can apply whenever suits them," Mr Leitch added.

    "And our Small Grants Fund is tied in with the upcoming Fife Climate Festival. That means communities can show off their projects during a Fife-wide celebration, spreading the word and reminding everyone why it's so important to come together to take climate action."

    Groups who receive Community Climate Grants are encouraged to host events during the Fife Climate Festival (23 September to 5 October 2024). The deadline for applications to the Small Grants Fund is 16 June 2024. Projects need to be delivered by 5 October 2024.

    Those applying for the Seed and Development Fund are also encouraged to take part in the festival, but this fund is ongoing until January 2025 so can be used for capacity building activities as well.

    For full information and to apply for funding visit the dedicated page on their website: www.fccan.org.uk/community-climate-grants/




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