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Environment - Funding and Grants for Environmental Projects
Funding and Grants
There are a variety of Scottish Government funding sources available for individuals and community groups who are engaged in or are thinking about getting involved in environmental projects. These are outlined below.
The Climate Challenge Fund of £27.4 million over three years (2008-2011), is designed to enable communities to come forward with their own solutions to make a significant reduction in carbon emissions.
Projects can involve a range of actions from helping communities to use less energy, walk and cycle more, to local sustainable food production. They can also have an environmental, social and economic dimension to the projects, that give people new skills, improve health, help them to work together or provide better community facilities, but carbon reduction must be at the heart of every proposal and the community at the centre of the decision making.
Community and Renewable Energy Scheme
The Communities And Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) is the Scottish Government's initiative for supporting community renewable installations. It provides a network of development officers who can provide free, independent advice and site visits as well as grants for technical studies and installation of equipment. CARES is managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by an independent Scottish charity, Community Energy Scotland. More information (or call 01349 860120).
Community Energy Scotland helps communty groups such as social enterprises and housing associations to develop sustainable energy projects.
LEADER is part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP), aimed at promoting economic and community development within rural areas. Support will be aimed primarily at small-scale, community driven projects that are pilot and innovative in nature.
Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities is an integrated funding mechanism which will deliver targeted environmental, social and economic benefits. It will contribute to delivery of the Scottish Government's strategic objectives through Regional Priorities, agreed with stakeholders for each of the 11 SRDP regions. It is a competitive mechanism to ensure that contracts are awarded for the proposals which are best able to deliver these priorities. Individuals, businesses and properly constituted groups can apply.
INCREASE is delivered through a partnership between the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS).
The aim of the INCREASE Programme is to help not-for-profit, community-based organisations develop projects that will increase the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste in line with the move towards a Zero Waste Scotland.
Forestry Challenge Funds are administered by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) under the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP). Two funds are available: Woods In and Around Towns, and Forestry for People.
Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities (RDC - RP): This is an integrated funding mechanism that aims to deliver targeted environmental, social and economic benefits. Grant support for forests and woodlands is delivered through a number of forestry-specific options and through a number of other non-specific options. ( See SRDP)
Historic Scotland provides a number of grant and funding schemes to support bodies and individuals in the protection, education and promotion of the historic environment.
Decisions on grants are made on information gained from extensive public consultation, and are also influenced by the extent to which projects deliver benefits for communities, promote quality, develop knowledge and skills and build capacity for local heritage management.
Runs eight different grant schemes to help protect and improve Scotland's natural heritage.
The aim of the Community Cycling Innovation Fund is to increase the wellbeing of communities across Scotland, enabling more people to have more opportunities to cycle and use cycles to achieve local outcomes. Cycling Scotland's immediate aim is to provide grants for a small number of schemes that demonstrate innovative ways of using cycling and will serve as examples of good practice that can be followed by future projects and can be shared across the whole sector.
Funding received from Scottish Government to restore the condition of Scotland's water environment will be used by SEPA to support partnership projects with third parties.
Page updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013