The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is inviting applications for the Community Climate Change Fund to support community-based organisations taking measures locally to tackle the climate change and emergency.
The aim is to mobilise the resources of local communities, encourage people to work together in a voluntary capacity and empower individuals and communities to take actions which: reduce local CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions; increase the ability of nature to absorb and store greenhouse gas emission; and build resilience in nature to mitigate the impact of climate change.
- The total fund available is £20,000. Grant applications are assessed around 4 times per year by a panel made up of public, private and third sector officers.
- Grants will usually be between £200 and £500.
- This can fund 100% of the costs identified.
What will the Scheme fund?
Items that they can fund:
- Capital costs such as building work; buying and installing new equipment; materials including plants and trees;
- Revenue costs e.g. marketing and promotion of a new activity; training; room hire; refreshments; hiring of a marque; minibus hire; feasibility study or business planning
- A more energy efficient building
- Greater awareness of energy efficiency measures and/or how to reduce energy costs
- Engagement with nature
- A contribution to active travel such as a new walking group or footpath improvements
- Practical support for electric vehicles such as a community EV charge point
- A new renewable energy project
- More trees or a community orchard
- Definable nature improvement including new conservation measures and/ or enhanced biodiversity
- Greater reduction, reuse or recycling of products that would otherwise go to waste
You can apply to the scheme if you are:
- An Unincorporated Association (a group set up with a constitution)
- A Registered Charity
- A CIC
- A CIO
- A new group (not yet constituted)
- If you are operating in, or benefiting, people or places within the local authority district of the
- Staffordshire Moorlands.
What will the Scheme not fund?
- Recoverable VAT (if you are not VAT registered, then VAT can be included in the eligible costs)
- Retrospective costs (costs incurred or committed to before receiving a Grant Offer Letter)
- Costs for activities that are entirely or mainly set up to promote religious or political beliefs
- Projects involving activities that are a statutory responsibility
- Projects that are not benefiting the Staffordshire Moorlands community
- Projects that are deemed not to contribute towards the SMDC Climate Action Plan
- Private Businesses
- Any organisation that has political activity as one of its stated purposes i.e. as defined by the Charity Commission for England and Wales: any purpose directed at furthering the interests of any political party; or securing, or opposing, any change in the law or in the policy or decisions of central government, local authorities or other public bodies, whether in this country or abroad.
For more information, visit Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.