South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC’s) Climate Change Community Fund has been launched to support the authority’s aim of achieving net zero carbon emissions.
Applications will be considered from charities, community interest companies, parish councils, voluntary groups and other not-for-profit organisations in South Lakeland looking to reduce carbon, enhance biodiversity to support carbon offsetting measures (through, for example, tree planting or peat restoration), address community behaviour change and consumption habits or promote community/ domestic energy efficiency.
The funding must be spent to benefit the local community and the fund will support up to a maximum of 50 percent of total costs (more than 50 percent for groups with an exceptional case).
Councillor Dyan Jones, SLDC’s Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Localism, said: “During our recent Climate Conversation events it was clear that there was a desire to do more, to do small, local projects within communities. From this desire, we have created the Climate Change Community Fund.
“It is an initial fund but it is a beginning. My hope is that this fund will enable successful applicants to work with partners providing other sources of support to enable community action.
“Thinking globally and acting locally is key to everything we want to achieve through our Climate Change Action Plan and I look forward to seeing some excellent projects coming forward supported by this fund with sustainability, biodiversity and the environment at their core.”
There will be a six-week application window. Initially, £20,000 is available. Grants will be for a minimum of £500 and maximum of £5,000.
The fund can support all costs relating to projects or activity, including: core costs (for example staff or office costs), project costs (for example venue hire, project worker) and capital costs (such as supporting the cost of a renewable installation).
The fund was approved at the same time as SLDC’s Climate Change Action Plan to support the council’s target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. SLDC also supports a county-wide carbon neutral target of 2037.
In March last year, the council, along with all other Cumbrian authorities and the National Parks, adopted the Cumbria Public Health Strategy.
The strategy includes a key aim of becoming a “carbon neutral” county and mitigating the likely impact of existing climate change.
The deadline for applications will be 10am on Monday, September 28.
After that all applications will be assessed and applicants will be advised if they have been successful or not by the end of October.
For more information about the fund and to apply, go to https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/your-environment/climate-change-and-biodiversity/tackling-emissions-in-south-lakeland/