What we have funded
On Monday 17 August we announced the first 14 grants from the Climate Action Fund going to communities across the UK to tackle climate change.
These projects will reduce the carbon footprint of communities and support community led movements that can demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. National Lottery funding will support these projects to work together, share learning and be catalysts for broader and transformative change.
|Lead organisation||Project name||Location||Amount|
|Cumbria Action for Sustainability||A Zero Carbon Cumbria: By The People For The People||Cumbria||£2,500,000|
|Wildlife Trusts of Wales||Climate Change Cymru||Across Wales||£2,499,871|
|Voluntary Action Leeds||Climate Emergency Community Action Programme||Leeds||£2,499,676|
|The Women's Environmental Network Trust||Just Food and Climate Transition||Tower Hamlets, London||£2,126,615|
|Middlesbrough Environment City Trust Ltd||Climate Action Middlesbrough||Middlesbrough||£1,596,727|
|Duchy College part of The Cornwall College Group||Farm Net Zero||Cornwall||£1,269,153|
|Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC||Community Climate Action||Bristol||£372,592|
|Welcome to Our Woods Limited||Rhondda Skyline||Rhondda Fawr Valley, Wales||£238,750|
|Groundwork Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford||Chorlton Climate Action Partnership||Chorlton, Manchester||£207,954|
|Community Foundation for N.Ireland||Acorn Farm Project||Derry, NI||£200,000|
|Sheffield Climate Alliance||Partnership for Climate Action||Sheffield||£199,963|
|Octopus Community Network Limited and Global Generation||Action for Local Food||Islington, London||£199,549|
|Bude Coastal Community Team||Bude Together / Porthbud War-Barth||Bude, Cornwall||£198,470|
|Greener Kirkcaldy Ltd||Climate Action Fife||Fife, Scotland||£197,289|
Over the lifetime of the Climate Action Fund, we are looking for opportunities to build large-scale public engagement campaigns, in support of the programme’s ambitions around supporting a broader movement of change. These may be focused around specific events or moments of public consciousness.
The Fund has identified a specific initial opportunity to develop a large-scale public engagement campaign. We want to explore how the visibility of a newly-released film about climate change (A Life on Our Planet, with the central ‘trusted voice’ of Sir David Attenborough) may be leveraged to support the building of a broader movement of change in climate action – a key part of the Fund’s strategic intentions as outlined in our Environment Strategy and Corporate Plan. WWF has retained the rights for closed circuit, non-commercial screenings of the film, and the Fund wants to utilise this as an opportunity to start conversations at a community-level about taking locally-appropriate climate action.
We are inviting WWF-UK to put forward an application in October 2020 to be considered by the Fund for funding. A decision on their application will be made in October/November 2020.The assessment criteria is presented below:
- Ability to show a broad and deep reach into communities, across the whole of the UK
- Ability to demonstrate that this approach will be open and accessible to all; and particularly those who have been less engaged with the environmental agenda in the past
- Ability to demonstrate how this project will bring people together in new ways, in order to take locally-appropriate climate action
- Ability to demonstrate how communities will be supported to develop imaginative or innovative approaches to addressing the specific challenges of COVID-19, in order to maintain momentum (or generate new momentum) in taking climate action – despite those challenges.
And specifically, in support of The National Lottery Community Fund’s strategic goals:
- Ability to use this project to demonstrate how The National Lottery Community Fund is supporting communities to take climate action and work proactively to associate the National Lottery with this agenda
- Ability for us to tell a wider audience (and new audiences) about seeking funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, and how to participate in the wider Climate Action Fund programme (including seeking funding)
- Ability to demonstrate how the project work can be shared with wider audiences to raise awareness e.g. blog to be featured on website, sharing video, imagery, insight from groups engaged etc
- Ability to demonstrate how this project delivers on the wider strategic ambitions for the Climate Action Fund (notably movement-building)
- Ability to demonstrate how this project will help the Climate Action Fund deliver its aim to “support community led movements that can demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change”.
What we expect to fund
The Climate Action Fund aims to reduce the carbon footprint of communities. A broader movement of change will enable communities to do this within and beyond the communities we fund. In this first round of funding, we are supporting a number of place-based community-led partnerships to make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.
- The amount of funding available per application will depend on what each partnership needs at this stage:
- Applicants who need more time to develop their partnership, engage widely or test their approaches can access initial development funding (up to £200,000 over 18 months)
- Applicants who might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage can access larger, longer-term awards (up to £2.5m over five years)
- Successful applicants will have experience in implementing meaningful action on climate change
- We expect to fund a mix of different places, communities, themes and initiatives, across the UK
- We will use learning from the first round of funding to help shape what happens next and we will test and learn throughout the programme. Further rounds of funding will be available at a later stage.
What we want to see
- Community-led: Your project will be led and driven by local groups with a deep understanding of local needs. You will have developed your idea by involving the people who will benefit. We want to see that you’ve spoken to people and listened to what they have to say and how you are meaningfully involving the people you’re working with in the development and delivery of your activity.
- Working in partnership: You will be a place-based community-led partnership that brings together a wide range of people and organisations with a shared vision of what local climate change action should look like. Our vision is to support increased collaborative working, which starts with shared goals and values between different organisations and a joint understanding of the bigger picture. Other than voluntary and community organisations, partnerships could include the environmental sector, schools, statutory services, as well as the private sector. We would expect partnerships to include smaller grassroots groups as well as larger organisations. Partnerships will be expected to put in place an agreement as to how they will work together.
- High impact: Our funding will focus on activities that have the potential to make a meaningful and lasting difference on the carbon footprint of communities. This includes action on sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption (food and waste), and the natural environment. To make a real difference, projects might need to have an impact on a number of those areas. We are gathering the latest evidence on high-impact climate action, as well as practical examples, to help and inspire places and communities to develop their projects. More information will be added as we progress through the programme.
- Lasting impact: To reduce the impact of climate change, it is important that the changes made are sustainable beyond the funding we might give. Long -term changes in behaviour, ways of working and practices need to be at the core of all local climate action activities. Please also refer to the evidence for more information about this.
- Reach: Partnerships need to engage with people outside of those already taking action on climate change in their local communities, and beyond.
- Learning and engagement: We will expect partnerships to produce and share their learning from the start, regularly, and be active participants in a broader movement of change.
We will expect all partners to consider their own environmental impact and to have a robust policy and action plan in place.
We will expect all partners to be aligned to our Diversity, equity and inclusion principles. Please click here for further information.