From 27th March 2024 groups of community organisations in the UK can apply for grants of up to £3 million to involve more people in climate action. The funding is being made available through the National Lottery Community Fund – Climate Action Fund.

The funding can be used for projects and actions that reach more people by either:

  • Linking climate action to the everyday lives and interests of local communities, and inspiring them to take action
  • Influencing communities at a regional or national level, like linking up groups across locations, or a campaign that inspires change across one country or the whole UK
  • To be eligible applications need to be submitted by partnerships consisting of a mix of organisations and sectors, and smaller groups working at a local level

The types of projects eligible for funding could include:

  • Projects that involve people who have not had a say, for example, because they are new to climate action, or because they come from communities that experience poverty, disadvantage, and discrimination.
  • Projects that introduce a climate perspective to a group that came together around another interest or activity
  • Projects that test the best ways to engage different audiences in climate action
  • Projects that spread an exciting local approach to climate action by sharing it nationally

The minimum grant is £500,000. It is however expected that most projects will receive funding of between £1 million and £1.5 million over 3 to 5 years.

In exceptional circumstances, projects can receive up to £3 million, and for up to 7 years. It is anticipated that up to 25 projects will be funded.

For more information, potential applicants can attend one of the following webinars:

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