How our National Lottery funding supports communities to take climate action.

Together For Our Planet is a funding programme offering grants of up to £10,000 to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change, building on interest and excitement for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021. This programme is open to applications and closes at will close at 5pm on 18 November 2021.

Our Climate Action Fund is a £100million commitment over 10 years fund to help reduce the carbon footprint of communities and support community-led movements. This funding shows what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. To date we have awarded over £19.5 million to 23 projects across the UK. It is currently closed to applications.

In December 2021 a new programme in Wales will support our commitment to a sustainable future and reach those who want to take action to address climate change. Sustainable Steps Wales will open to applications on 1 December 2021 for a single grant available to provide mentoring support to communities, working with them to help develop and deliver climate action plans and to evaluate the impact of what they want to achieve. More details on how to apply will be available nearer to the launch.

Our Welsh directorate also piloted Climate Action top-ups with the goal of inspiring environmental action from a range of National Lottery funded community groups. The pilot asked funded groups and charities in Wales to commit time to developing plans to respond to climate change and we offered a top up to their existing funding to do so. Some groups saved lots of energy and money, others enhanced their local environment while others noted benefits for their health and wellbeing. We’re now exploring this approach further with new Climate Action Boosts in Wales and a top-up programme in Northern Ireland.

Other funders may also have funding for climate action. Here are some other funders you might want to consider.

We want to encourage and inspire all of grant holders to do their bit to reduce their environmental impact, especially reducing carbon emissions, the main driver of climate change.