Sustainable Steps Wales - Action Grants

Partneriaeth Ogwen

This programme is now closed to new applications. This page provides a summary of the funding.

We awarded 14 grants to projects that:

  • address climate change in communities
  • help people live in a more sustainable way.
Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations, charities
Application deadline

This programme is now closed to new applications

About Sustainable Steps Wales

About Sustainable Steps Wales

There are four Sustainable Steps Wales programmes. These programmes are supported with money from the Dormant Assets Scheme. The programmes support Wales’s commitment to:

  • create a sustainable future
  • reach new audiences who want to take action on climate change.

The other Sustainable Steps Wales programmes include:

Sustainable Steps Wales – Egin Grants

This programme aims to help community groups in Wales. It will support them to take action on climate change and live in a more sustainable way. It is open to groups that receive support from Sustainable Steps Wales - Egin Mentoring Service. You can find out more about the Egin Grants funding on our website.

Sustainable Steps Wales - Green Careers

This programme is open to partnerships that help young people access careers that:

  • reduce carbon emissions
  • restore nature
  • help us adapt to our changing climate.

If you would like to apply, you must send us an expression of interest form by 5pm, 30 April 2024.

The Sustainable Steps Wales – Mentoring

This programme is now closed.

This funding aims to help communities contribute to a prosperous, low carbon future for Wales.​

The Development Trust Association Wales (DTA Wales) received £2.2 million. They provide mentoring support to community groups across Wales to deliver climate action.​

For more information:

Funded projects

Funded projects

The projects awarded grants include:

The John Burns Foundation

The John Burns Foundation have partnered with Carmarthenshire Youth Service and Reaching Wider (University of Wales Trinity Saint David). They received £350,000 in funding to work with 400 people from Kidwelly and Carmarthenshire. This funding will help change how people buy and prepare food to reduce carbon emissions.

The project will focus on helping young people learn to grow and cook healthy food. They will also take home the fresh produce they have grown.

Going Green for a Living Community Land Trust Ltd

Going Green for a Living Community Land Trust Ltd will work in Newtown, Powys. They have partnered with Lightfoot Enterprises and Circular Economy Mid Wales. They received £334,843 in funding to help the community reduce carbon emissions. It will also help change behaviours relating to climate action.

The project will:

  • provide home energy audits with advice around climate action
  • use audit data to reach schools
  • build educational resources for schools and communities
  • set up a series of community events (such as school uniform swap shops and repair skills workshops).

Social Farms and Gardens

Social Farms and Gardens received £331,100 in funding. Their project aims to upskill 35 existing community growing projects across Wales. Workshops and activities will help people engage with growing projects. It will also help people take climate action in their everyday lives. This can be through actions like:

  • growing
  • composting
  • wasting less food
  • reusing resources
  • recycling
  • buying local produce
  • seasonal shopping.

Circular Communities Cymru CIC

Circular Communities Cymru CIC aims to change people's views and behaviours towards plastic. They received £338,542 in funding to encourage people to stop seeing plastic as a throw away material. The project aims to help people to view plastic as a resource.

The project will increase recycling and reusing plastic waste within communities. It aims to reduce transport costs and carbon emissions related to recycling plastics. As well as help the team engage with underrepresented communities.

Y Dref Werdd

Y Dref Werdd received £347,840 in funding to deliver activities in the Bro Ffestiniog area. The project aims to help and encourage people to engage in climate action. It will give people practical skills to tackle the climate emergency and reduce their carbon footprint. The project will:

  • create fruit and vegetable growing areas across three sites
  • have a logbank
  • develop a community tree planting scheme (to reduce gases and attract more biodiversity)
  • deliver activities in schools that encourage pupils to include climate change matters in their Eco School Plans
  • recycle old bicycles into e-bikes for use by the community through expanding a repair café.

The Community Impact Initiative CIC

The Community Impact Initiative CIC have partnered with Rounded Development Enterprises and Afallen. They received £348,558 in funding. This funding will help community regeneration projects in South Wales. The project aims to restore three properties that are empty and in disrepair. It will also educate the beneficiaries around new climate change techniques.

Growing Space

Growing Space are working with Blaenau Gwent CBC, The National Trust, Tai Calon and the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. They received £247,030 in funding. The project will deliver a Climate Change Training Programme. The training will cover:

  • growing produce
  • planting trees
  • recycling furniture
  • environmental qualifications.

The project aims to change people's attitudes and behaviours around climate action. It will work with people who are facing multiple deprivation or are on a low income. This includes people living in the 20% most deprived areas across Gwent.

Gilfach Goch Community Association Limited

Gilfach Goch Community Association Limited will help people to take climate action. They will work in Gilfach Goch and the surrounding areas of Rhondda Cynon Taff and Bridgend. They received £350,000 in funding. The project aims to build on existing provision and change behaviours in the community. It will do this through community growing, reducing waste and reducing consumption.

Innovate Trust Ltd

Innovate Trust Ltd have partnered with Able Radio and Skills and Volunteering Cymru. They will work with 300 individuals with learning disabilities from Wales. The project will support people to take climate action and live more sustainably.

Innovate Trust Ltd received £148,000 in funding. To identify actions that can reduce people's carbon footprint through their insight app. People can take action through hybrid online activities or at in person activities. Activities will include:

  • ways to use less energy and produce less waste
  • low carbon gardening
  • teaching people to repair and reuse.

Cynon Taf Community Housing Group Ltd

Cynon Taf Community Housing Group Ltd are working with Down to Zero and Coalfield Flower Farm CIC. They will support communities in and around Llantrisant and Pontyclun. The project aims to help people to reduce their carbon emissions. The funding of £334,999 will help the partnership to experiment in new ways to use the land. The project includes:

  • community food and flower growing
  • tree planting
  • agroforestry development (growing trees or crops with livestock to protect the environment)
  • producing green energy.

Maindee Unlimited

Maindee Unlimited have partnered with Waste Savers and Benthyg Cymru. They plan to create behaviour change, at an individual and community level. They received £218,618 in funding to work in the Maindee area of East Newport. The project aims to develop practical skills for more sustainable living. It will build on existing initiatives around the sharing economy. The project aims to strengthen the resilience of the Newport Circular Economy Network. As well as develop a Library of Things in Maindee.

The Environment Centre Ltd

The Environment Centre Ltd received £349,107 in funding. This funding will help community groups in Swansea to take meaningful climate action. The project aims to increase knowledge through support and training. Which will lead to reducing the community groups carbon emissions.

Groups will deliver their own climate actions. These include:

  • getting a building energy assessment
  • learning repair skills
  • delivering an action plan to reduce their carbon footprint
  • training to increase their knowledge and confidence around climate action.

Siop Griffiths Cyf

Siop Griffiths Cyf received £205,809 in funding to deliver a programme of activities. They aim to change attitudes and behaviours of people living across Dyffryn Nantlle. The project aims to help the community reduce their impact through:

  • travel
  • food
  • energy
  • buying methods
  • reducing their carbon footprint.