Building a collective moment is key to The National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund

At the National Lottery Community Fund we believe that when people are in the lead then communities will thrive. You may have seen that we’ve recently announced a £100million Climate Action Fund to support thriving communities across the UK to tackle the climate emergency in a way that, collectively, makes a difference that benefits everyone.

If you want to find out more how you can make a positive impact on the environment with your National Lottery funding, visit our website by clicking here.

Why is climate action so important to us? We believe that addressing the climate emergency is everybody’s business.

As we celebrate the 25th birthday of the National Lottery this November we are proud of our role in funding environmental activities across the UK. Since 2013 alone we have invested around £345million (through 4,800 grants) in total on projects with an environmental aspect across the UK including:

‘Welcome to our Woods’ a community partnership in Rhondda Cynon Taf which is seeking new ways of connecting people and their natural environment for the benefit of people’s health and wellbeing.

‘Down to Earth’ in the Gower peninsula works to build confidence and skills for a variety of people through sustainable construction and broader personal development activities.

‘Cyd Ynni’ run by Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig (DEG) a social enterprise supporting community led action and renewable energy projects in Gwynedd.

We believe in the power of people to enable our communities to thrive and to play our part in supporting communities to take action to address climate change, the Fund is implementing a three-part strategy.

  1. Taking action to minimise our own impact by reducing energy consumption in our buildings, managing travel and placing clearer requirements on our suppliers.
  2. Supporting grant holders to identify and take action to manage their environmental impact. In Wales we’re working with our partners Renew Wales and Severn Wye Energy Agency Sustainable Communities Wales to provide expert advice and financial assistance to 30 of our grant holders to help them identify and implement practical action they can take. This is a pilot which we will use to inform our future practice seeking to get the correct balance between inspiring communities to take action and requiring specific measures to manage their environmental impact. Watch our video to learn more about the day and how we’re looking to support projects:

3. Finally, the £100m of funding for a UK wide Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. The fund will support communities in the UK to take local action on climate change. These communities will work as part of broader partnerships and stand as beacons of what is possible when people take the lead on climate change. With our support, they will share their learning and engage with others to build a broader movement of change across the UK within but also beyond their community, to:

  • Reduce their carbon footprint sustainably
  • Increase participation in community-led climate action.

The Climate Action Fund will open this Autumn at

As the largest funder of community activities, we look forward to building a greater collective movement to ensure we safeguard the environment for future generations to enjoy.

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