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Funding available for community groups to inspire others to waste less

We’re calling on all community groups in Scotland who want to run waste related projects to apply to the Climate Challenge Fund.  Community groups can apply to run projects from 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2021 for projects that reduce carbon emissions, so is a perfect way to take forward projects that tackle recycling, re-use, food waste, waste reduction, sharing, repairing and promote the circular economy.

Zero Waste Scotland is making European Regional Development Funds available to support waste and circular economy projects through the Climate Challenge Fund as match funding to Scottish Government funds.

We love getting to work with so many community groups through the funding and find it really inspiring finding out what different groups are working on.  There is so much happening we couldn’t list everyone, so we’ve picked a few projects below to demonstrate the variety of projects that receive funding.

The Edinburgh Tool Library

The Edinburgh Tool Library is a great way to stop every household buying items that they’ll rarely use.  This saves the householder money, storage space and maintenance, whilst reducing the need for new resources. 

Greener Kirkcaldy’s re-use and repair guide

Greener Kirkcaldy are aware that a lot of people would re-use and repair more items if they just knew where to go to access these services.  They’ve created a fantastic guide to help their community identify places they can buy & donate items.  Why not create something for your community?

Transition Stirling’s repair café

Transition Stirling run regular repair cafes where you can take items along and learn how to repair them.  Experts are on hand to teach you the skills, but the idea is very much that you try to do what you can yourself so you know how to carry out repairs in the future.

R:evolve Recycle

Lots of projects run occasional swap shops which are a great way to encourage people to reduce waste – they can swap their unwanted items for something new (to them).  But R:evolve Recycle have taken it a step further and now have three permanent swap shops in town centre locations where you can become a member and swap clothes on a regular basis. 

SHRUB’s student halls clear outs

SHRUB run a number of projects, but one we’ve really been impressed by is their annual student hall clear out.  Every year students leave behind tons of items that could be re-used by someone else.  SHRUB organise volunteers to go and gather all the items and sort them.  Items then go into SHRUB’s swap shop, or get offered up in the ‘Free shop’ at the beginning of the next term for new students. 

We know you’ve probably already got some great ideas but if you’d like a bit more inspiration we’ve got lots of ideas for waste-related projects from a library of things to cookery lessons. 

How we can support you

We have a range of support available to community groups 

to help them reduce waste in their local area. We can provide training and materials, as well as running national campaign weeks for you to get involved with.

If you are thinking of applying for Climate Challenge Funding for a waste related project and would like to discuss your idea please contact Miriam.Adcock@zerowastescotland.org.uk .

How to apply for Climate Challenge Funding 

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the Climate Challenge Fund 

on behalf of the Scottish Government and has staff to support applicants and those awarded grants.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is open for applications, with grants of up to £150,000 per year for projects taking place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2021.

You can find out how to apply on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website. Organisations who already receive funding need to submit an expression of interest by 20 July 2018. With organisations needing to apply by 3 August 2018. 

Attend a workshop to find out more

If you want to find out more about the application process you can attend one of the Climate Challenge Fund Information surgeries which are taking place at different locations around Scotland.

The workshops are running from 25 June till the 4 July, you can book your place on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website.



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