Zero Carbon Cumbria – Community Climate Grants
The Zero Carbon Cumbria – Community Climate Grants, is a £100,000 funding pot to support local initiatives to raise awareness of climate change and reduce carbon emissions. The funding will contribute to the work of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership over a five year period. We are grateful to Allerdale Borough Council for contributing an additional £10,000 to this grants pot to benefit more projects in Allerdale, and to South Lakeland District Council for contributing an additional £15,000 for capital projects in their area.
We are particularly keen to reach out to groups getting set up in areas of the county which haven’t previously taken action to address the climate crisis at a local level, and to offer support to groups working alongside more vulnerable individuals who will be hit hardest by climate change.
The aim of the funding is to get as many people as possible to ‘do their bit’ to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Have a look at CAfS’ carbon calculator to get an idea of which activities produce the most carbon dioxide or methane, and think about what you and your community could do to address this.
Small (£200 – £750) and medium (£750 – £2,000) will be awarded to local groups until 2025. The deadline for applications for the current round of large grants has now passed, and announcements of the successful projects will be made in March.
Advice and support is available to help groups apply for the funding. Please get in touch with [email protected] to tell us about your ideas and how we can help you. You can also watch our webinars in which we explain in more detail the eligibility and process for attaining the funding.
Please also read our Guidance for applicants.
New groups or individuals who are thinking about setting up a group are also encouraged to get in touch – we can offer advice on how to get started. We may be able to put you in touch with other communities who run successful projects elsewhere or link you into other helpful agencies such as the Cumbria Council for Voluntary Services, Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership or ACT (Action with communities in Cumbria).
Making an application
***Please remember to download and save your application form before you start filling it in. You will then need to send to community[email protected] together with your accompanying documents.***