Earlier this year we launched a £100 million fund to support projects across the UK to take action on climate change. The Climate Action Fund, which is now open to applications will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.
There are a few different strands to this 10 year fund, one of which is supporting community projects to take positive environmental actions to help tackle the climate emergency. We’ve pulled together a range of tips for reducing your environmental impact to help project take action. You can also hear directly from the ‘Dref Werdd’, one of our existing environmentally focused projects funded in North Wales can be seen here. This social enterprise shares how they are using their grant to support the community by saving energy and money in the home, protecting the environment and reducing food waste.
We’re also working with a small number of projects funded through our People and Places programme, with a ‘Climate Action Top-Ups’ grant. The scheme is developed in partnership with Renew Wales and Severn Wye Energy Agency.
It offers non-environmentally focused projects additional funding of up to £10,000 along with expert advice to help them identify practical action to implement more sustainable ways of working. Those participating in the scheme, funded by our will commit to deliver and monitor the impact of their top-up grant by February 2020.
Not only will these top-ups help inform our future practice and wider UK approach to supporting communities to manage their environmental impact, they will eventually help us gain better understanding of what actions have made the biggest environmental impact.
You can hear directly from projects involved in the pilot and from our Wales Director John Rose who talks more about our wider environmental strategy.