Calderdale Climate Action Plan and National Lottery Climate Action Fund – Workshop planned for Calderdale VCSE groups

Calderdale Council recently submitted an informal expression of interest to the TNL Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund.

There is a summary of the fund below – £100 million is available for community led partnerships to take climate action.

This was intended to highlight all of the amazing work which groups in Calderdale are doing and draw TNL’s attention to the whole Borough.

The Council is keen to support community groups to consider whether there is any scope for a collaborative bid. Applications will be opening shortly.

A workshop has been organised for the morning of the 3rd December:

Calderdale Council declared a Climate Emergency in January this year. Feedback from this event will also be used to shape the Calderdale Climate Action Plan.

What is the Climate Action Fund?

“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.

How much funding is available?

£100 million of funding is available for Community-led partnerships of voluntary, private and public sector organisations. We will support communities with significant long-term funding.

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

What type of project is eligible?

Projects must be community led, partnership based, and high impact. There should be a shared vision of what local climate change action should look like. 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.

What are the next steps?

The fund will open for applications in Autumn 2019. First awards will be announced in the first half of 2020 and 10 to 15 awards are expected. Further funding rounds will be announced later.

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