A new £3.5 million Fund has launched that is provide capital funding to community-based organisations to help them tackle climate change as Scotland transitions to a net zero society.
Organisations can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 to purchase items that will help their communities reduce the usage of petrol and diesel cars, cut waste, grow local food and reduce emissions from community buildings.
Grants will be awarded for assets that fall into one of the following categories:
- Energy efficiency measures in community buildings.
- Equipment to support community food growing.
- Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure for community-run car clubs, for running existing climate change projects and for delivering services that have been identified as a priority by the community as a result of COVID-19.
- Bikes and facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Electric bikes and charging infrastructure for community groups running existing climate change projects.
- Equipment to reduce waste in the community.
- Equipment to support an established community wood fuel scheme.
Applications will be assessed, and funding allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The Fund is expected to be extremely popular and there may not be enough funding to support all eligible applications received by the final deadline, so organisations are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
The final deadline for applications is midday on 9 November 2020.
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