Shettleston Community Growing Project

Climate Action Fund

Shettleston Community Growing Project

The Climate Action Fund will support communities in the UK to take local action on climate change. These communities will stand as beacons of what is possible when people take the lead on climate change.

Area
UK-wide
Suitable for
Community-led partnerships of voluntary, private and public sector organisations
Total available
£100 million
Application deadline

Applications will open in Autumn 2019

What's it about?

The Climate Action Fund will support communities in the UK to take local action on climate change.

These communities will stand as beacons of what is possible when people take the lead on climate change. With our support, they will share their learning and engage with others to build a broader movement of change across the UK.

We will support community-led, local partnerships that will drive change not only within but also beyond their community, to:

  • Reduce their carbon footprint sustainably
  • Increase participation in community-led climate action.

Currently, we are gathering information about what local community-led climate action projects are already happening or being developed across the UK.

Applications

The fund will open for applications in Autumn 2019.

We aim to announce the first awards in the first half of 2020.

We expect to give between 10 and 15 awards to begin with. Learning from these first awards will feed into further funding rounds, which we will announce later.

Programme details

The fund will open for applications in Autumn 2019.

We will be looking for community-led, local partnerships that will drive change within and beyond their community.

Initially, we will support a small number of communities to form cross-sector partnerships to make the changes they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change. These communities will stand as beacons for what is possible when people take the lead on climate change action.

With our support, partnerships will share their learning and engage others to build a broader movement of change.

Funding expectations:

  • We will only give between 10 to 15 awards in the first instance
  • Successful applicants will already have plans or impactful activities they want to develop, which they should be able to explain in their initial contact with us
  • Successful applicants will be expected to fully participate in our ambition to share learning and engage others to build broader movement of change
  • 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.

What will the funding programme look like?

  • Building a network of catalyst communities
    We will fund a mix of geographical places, different types of solutions and challenges, and a range of community organisations working in partnership with others.
  • Funding support
    To help us achieve the programme’s aims, we will support communities with significant long-term funding. However, we realise that not all communities are at the same stage and that many may need some time to develop their action plan. We are flexible and will consider different options for different communities.

    This might include, in the first instance:
    - Initial grants of up to £200k over 18 months to support communities who need more time to develop their partnership, engage more widely and test their approaches
    - Awards of up to £2.5m over 5 years to support communities who might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage

  • Movement building
    It is important that we learn from the work happening across communities, and we share that learning with others in a way that encourages them to take action on climate change. We will support communities who are keen to take part in this movement and spread the story of what they are doing, and how, far and wide.

    Communities will need to consider what resources they must put in place locally to gather relevant learning and share it with others.
Likely criteria

We are looking to support between 10 and 15 communities, initially, to make the changes they believe will help them take action on climate change.

Where will we find these communities?

We believe that tackling climate change at community-level requires working with a range of people and organisations and that ‘place’ is the best anchor for impactful community-led action. Our years of funding communities across the UK have given us significant experience in place-based funding and our published paper on our learning gives best practice examples of place-based funding in action.

What do we want to achieve?

The Climate Action Fund aims to:

  • Reduce their carbon footprint sustainably
  • Increase participation in community-led climate action.

We are keen to learn more about how communities are carrying out the approaches below. Do they sound like your group?

  • Community-led: We will support local communities that are led and driven by local groups and partnerships with a deep understanding of local community needs.
  • Working in partnership: We are interested in place-based partnerships that bring together a wide range of people and organisations with a shared vision of what local climate change action should look like. Partnerships should include the environmental sector as well as schools, statutory services, and the third and private sectors to ensure every part of civil society is involved. Partnerships will include smaller grass roots groups as well as larger organisations.
  • High impact: Our funding will focus on activities that show evidence of high impact. Activities might include action on sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption and waste, food, protecting and regenerating spaces and habitats. Our expectation is that, to make a real difference, projects would need to have an impact on a number of those areas.

    We are currently gathering the latest evidence on high impact action, as well as practical examples, to help places and communities to develop their projects.

    In the meantime, the following reports might help you to plan:
    - Committee on Climate Change
    - UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)
    - Carbon Brief
    - Ashden toolkit.
  • Sustainable: To reduce the impact of climate change it is important that the changes made are sustainable beyond the funding we might give. Long-term behaviour change needs to be at the core of all local climate action activities.
  • Reach: Partnerships need to engage with people outside of those already taking climate change action in their local communities, and beyond.
  • Learning and engagement: We will expect partnerships to produce and share their learning from the start, regularly. We will provide clear and useful information about how best to do this.

Does this sound like you?

Before applications open in Autumn 2019, we would like to hear from community-led and place-based partnerships who believe they are already working on high impact climate action and are able to drive real change in their local community.

If this sounds like you, and you want to tell us more about your work please read Talk to us and How to get in touch with us.

Talk to us now

We would like to hear from community-led and place-based partnerships who believe they are already working on high impact climate action activities and are able to drive real change in their local community.

Please note this is not an application for funding.

This funding programme is still in development so, please think about how long you need to spend on answering the questions.

Q1: What and where is your organisation and community?

We want to know who you are and where your work is happening. How are the people in your community in the lead?

Q2: What does your partnership look like?

What organisations, sectors, groups and people have you been working with and speaking with about this fund? Have you worked together previously?

Q3: What have you been doing, to date, to take action on climate change?

Describe the work you have done so far, and the impact it has had. Describe your vision for climate change action in your community (now or in the future). What are you aiming to achieve? Do you have any results that you could share?

Q4: Describe your collective goal or vision for taking action on climate change?

Describe your vision for your climate change action. What are you aiming to achieve and what does/will it look like in practice? How and why did you decide on this goal?

Q5: Who do you feel is doing the best climate change action work?

Tell us about what you’ve seen elsewhere and who you’re learning from.

Q6: How are you engaging with other communities?

Have you or others in your partnership worked with other communities and different places to take action on climate change?

Read How to get in touch with us to find out how to share your answers with us.

How to get in touch

Thank you very much to those who have got in touch to tell us more about what they are doing. There is still time to get in touch and please make sure you have sent your information to us by 5pm Friday 11 October. Please email your responses to climateactionfund@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk. If you have any questions please either use the email address or contact our general enquiries line at 0345 4 10 20 30 and ask to speak with a member of the Climate Action Fund team.

Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you are doing. We will not respond directly to your email unless we have more questions to ask.

We will use the information you send to us to:

  • Build an understanding of the climate action work already taking place in communities
  • Inform our programme development
  • Identify a list of possible applicants
  • Share relevant learning.

We will tell you about updates to the programme on this web page and our social media pages on Twitter and Facebook.

If you are interested in climate action and broader environmental activity, but you are not sure this fund is for you, please see our funding page for more information on our other grants.