£3.2 million to drive community climate action in Scotland

Communities across Scotland are to benefit from fast-tracked funding to help tackle climate change and deliver Scotland’s green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish Government has announced that 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.

Amongst the successful recipients are 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, and 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.

Roseanna Cunningham, Scotland’s Climate Change Secretary, 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.”