Climate Challenge success for local groups

Two local organisations were delighted to be among 113 across Scotland who will benefit from almost £10 million of funding through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to run local projects that help tackle climate change.

WHALE Arts received £74,198 to continue the growth of community-led carbon reduction in Wester Hailes through the Westburn CAN project. The project will creatively engage local people in food growing, waste reduction and increasing understanding of carbon emissions.

SCOREscotland received £139,575 for their Green Futures Project which will help meet demand by diverse communities in West and South West Edinburgh for activities including cycle training, home food growing and opportunities for young people to learn about climate change in a fun way.  Further project activities will help people to improve home energy efficiency, increase understanding of carbon emissions and extend awareness of climate change.

The First Minister speaking about the fund said:

Scotland is making huge progress in delivering our climate change ambitions, but there is still much to achieve and the role of behaviour change and community action is crucial.

The Climate Challenge Fund supports community projects that inspire people to care about the problem of climate change, consider what it might mean to them in terms of their everyday lives and enable them to take action.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful commented:

Climate change impacts all of us and we need collective action to tackle it, so we were delighted to have supported so many communities from across Scotland in preparing applications for the latest round of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

We congratulate all those community-led organisations awarded Climate Challenge Fund grants and look forward to working with them as they implement their projects.

We have managed the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government since the Fund was established in 2008 and are committed to empowering many more communities across Scotland to take action on climate change. We see this as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and more sustainable.

You can read a full list of projects receiving awards from the Climate Challenge Fund here.

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