Delivering Scotland’s green recovery
Communities across the country are to benefit from fast-tracked funding to help tackle climate change and deliver Scotland’s green recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A total of 279 projects will be funded through the Community Climate Asset Fund, helping to deliver electric bikes, food growing equipment and glazing to improve energy efficiency.
The successful recipients of the Fund include:
- Blood Bikes Scotland who have been awarded £24,896 to purchase an electric motorcycle and charging station to help reduce carbon emissions within the Lothian region by transporting urgent items for the NHS more sustainably
- Orkney Blide Trust who have been awarded £39,659 to purchase a wheelchair-accessible electric minibus to help the people of Orkney with experience of mental ill health to access the outdoors and receive support more sustainably
- Fair Isle Primary School and ELC who have been awarded £1,658 to purchase food growing and composting equipment to help reduce carbon emissions by growing fruits and vegetables and producing compost at the school
Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:
“Communities across the country are playing a vital role in responding to the pandemic crisis and in maintaining our resilience, our sense of spirit and our local support network.
“In what remains an exceptionally difficult time for us all, this funding is providing fast, tangible support to deliver long-lasting benefits to community based organisations while also helping them tackle climate change as we accelerate our just transition to a net zero society.
“I am particularly pleased that the successful recipients of the Community Climate Asset Fund come from right across the country, meaning many thousands of people will benefit from the projects and help play their part in ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change.”
Chief Executive Officer of Keep Scotland Beautiful Barry Fisher said:
“We congratulate all the community-based organisations across Scotland awarded Community Climate Asset Fund grants.
“Keep Scotland Beautiful are committed to making Scotland clean, green and sustainable, and through the Community Climate Asset Fund, we are delighted to support communities to tackle climate change and contribute to a green and just recovery from COVID-19.”
The Community Climate Asset Fund is administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful as part of the Climate Challenge Fund initiative. Details are available on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website, together with a full list of successful recipients. The projects will be completed by the end of March.