The National Lottery has announced that its new £100 million Climate Action Fund is now open for applications. The fund which is available for the next 10 years is open to community-led partnerships to enable communities across the UK to reduce their carbon footprint and work together to share their learning and be active participants in a broader movement to tackle climate change.
This could include actions on:
- Sustainable energy
- Sustainable transport
- Consumption (food and waste)
- The natural environment.
Community partnerships can be led by one of the following types of organisation:
- Voluntary and community organisation
- Registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
- Not for profit company including companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies and community benefit societies with two or more directors.
The National Lottery Climate Action Fund will support up to 15 place-based community-led partnerships in the initial round of funding. The amount of funding available per application will depend on what each partnership needs at this stage: Applicants needing more time to develop the partnership can access initial development funding of up to £200,000 over 18 months.
Applicants who are able to start longer term plans can access longer term awards of up to £2.5million over five years. Initial ideas must be submitted by 5pm on the 18th December 2019. Applications successful at this stage have until midday on the 27th March 2020 to submit their full proposal.