The Climate Action Fund, which is still in development, aims to reduce the carbon footprint of communities sustainably and to increase participation in community-led climate action.
The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is currently gathering information about what local community-led climate action projects are already happening or being developed across the UK, especially those taking the following approaches:
- Community led.
- Working in partnership
- Activities that show evidence of high impact.
- Changes being made are sustainable beyond the funding.
- Reach – engage with people outside of those already taking climate change action in their local communities, and beyond.
- Learning and engagement.
The Fund is expected to open in Autumn for applications from community-led partnerships of voluntary, private and public sector organisations that will drive change within and beyond their community.
Initially, the Fund ‘will support a small number of communities [10 to 15] 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 support from NLCF, partnerships will share their learning and engage others to build a broader movement of change.
It is anticipated that significant long-term funding will support a mix of geographical places, different types of solutions and challenges, and a range of community organisations working in partnership with others. However, in recognition that not all communities are at the same stage and that many may need some time to develop their action plan, NLCF will take a ‘flexible’ approach and consider different options for different communities.
This might include, in the first instance:
- Initial grants of up to £200,000 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 £2.5 million over five years to support communities who might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage
Further details, can be found on the NLCF website.