The National Lottery Community Fund has announced more than £14 million in grants for communities across the UK to help tackle climate change.
The grants are the first to be announced as part of the 10-year £100m National Lottery-funded Climate Action Fund, which forms part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Environment Strategy. The Fund is currently closed to applications.
14 grants have been announced. Award include both large-scale partnerships grants and development grants, which fund emergent ideas and projects that need more time to develop partnerships, engage widely or test approaches and learn from them.
The 14 agencies receiving an award are:
o Cumbria Action for Sustainability. Project: A Zero Carbon Cumbria: By the People for the People (£2.5 million).
o Wildlife Trusts of Wales. Project: Climate Change Cymru (£2,499,871).
o Voluntary Action Leeds. Project: Climate Emergency Community Action Programme (£2,499,676).
o The Women’s Environmental Network Trust. Project: Just Food and Climate Transition (£2,126,615).
o Middlesborough Environment City Trust Limited. Project: Climate Action Middlesborough (£1,596,727). and
o Duchy College part of the Cornwall College. Project: Farm Net Zero (£1,269153).
o Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC. Project: Community Climate Action (£372,592).
o Welcome to Our Woods Limited. Project: Rhondda Skyline (£238,750).
o Groundwork Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. Project: Chorlton Climate Action Partnership (£207,954).
o Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. Project: Acorn Farm Project (£200,000).
o Sheffield Climate Alliance. Project: Partnership for Climate Action (£199,963).
o Octopus Community Network Limited and Global Generation. Project: Action for Local Food (££199,549).
o Bude Coastal Community Team. Project: Bude Together / Porthbud War-Barth (£198,470), and
o Greener Kirkcaldy Ltd. Project: Climate Action Fife (£197,289).
The National Lottery Community Fund will use this first round of funding to help shape what happens next, and will test and learn throughout the programme.
The Women’s Environmental Network Trust, in partnership with London Leap, will use its funding to run a range of community food projects to deliver a sustainable food system across Tower Hamlets in London. The programme will set up community hubs across the borough to encourage food growing, set up community gardens, hold food co-ops, and explore ways of reducing plastic waste.
Another project, Duchy College, part of The Cornwall College Group, has been awarded almost £1.3 million to run The Farm Net Zero project, which aims to help the farming community move towards net-zero carbon emissions.
Further information about the Climate Action Fund is available on the National Lottery Community Fund website, which also lists the 14 organisations and projects that have secured grant funding in this round.