07 Jan 2011 10:01:13
Scotland calls for Climate Challenge Fund applications
Community projects aimed at improving carbon emissions in Scotland are being asked to apply for the next round of the Scottish government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).
Measures announced in the draft budget in November increased funding for the CCF by £1 million for the years 2011/2012, taking the total amount available to £10.3 million.
Environment secretary Richard Lochhead said: "Our new funding pot will empower more communities to realise their carbon saving potential and allow many more new groups to become involved. As of this week, applications are invited from new and existing projects."
So far, 331 community projects have benefited from the scheme since its creation in 2008, which the government estimates has led to a 696,212 tonne reduction in carbon emissions – the equivalent of taking 225,000 cars of the road.
Among the beneficiaries so far is the Milnbank Community Housing Association, which used the cash to engage local residents in the building of a sustainable nursery and an environmental education centre.
Scotland's Highlands and Islands also recently received European funding for the development of renewable energy projects and related infrastructure in the region.