A new community arts and culture centre in Leith and a project to grow and sell produce in Ormiston are the first ever revenue generating Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) projects.
The Leith Community Climate Change project run by Himalayan Centre, Edinburgh has received a £255,837 grant to establish a low carbon, sustainable arts and culture centre which will focus on climate initiatives and includes plans for a coffee shop and restaurant.
The Ormiston Grows Green project has been awarded a £281,290 grant to help residents grow and sell their own vegetables, raise awareness of food waste and cut their carbon footprint.
By generating an income from their activity, it is hoped both projects will not only become self-sustaining but can also reinvest in further low carbon action.
Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse announced the latest round of CCF awards during the Scottish launch of Climate Week today. In total 13 projects from the Scottish Borders, South Lanarkshire, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Highland, Perth & Kinross, Stirling and Fife will share £2.1 million funding.
Mr Wheelhouse said:
“Climate change remains one of the most serious threats we face as a global community and we must all take action if we are to play our part in tackling the problem.
“Climate Week is the ideal platform to showcase the positive and practical efforts being made across Scotland to reduce emissions – and that’s exactly what our Climate Challenge Fund is doing.
“Today’s announcement marks new milestones for the CCF. For the first time we have projects that have the potential to become self-sustaining thanks to being able to generate an income from their activities. And we also welcome the 400th community to the CCF family which is a strong signal of the level of support and commitment from our local communities.
“We know that the Climate Challenge Fund has captured the imagination of people across Scotland. By widening the scope of the fund, we have empowered and inspired even more communities to develop exciting projects that cut their carbon footprint and embed significant changes into community life. This will bring wider social and economic benefits to improve the quality of lives in their communities.
“No single individual, group or even nation can solve the problem of climate change. But, by working together and with everyone playing their part, we can make a real and lasting difference to ensure a low carbon, more sustainable Scotland becomes a reality.
“With over 436 events taking place across Scotland for Climate Week, there will be lots of opportunities for people to come together and share ideas on the best ways to tackle climate change, and I’d encourage everyone to get involved if they can.”
Yvonne Dalziel, Director, Ormiston Grows added:
“Ormiston Grows is delighted to accept Climate Challenge Funding and looks forward to using the award to develop a sustainable project that will increase the health and wellbeing of the village whilst at the same time decreasing carbon emissions.”
The Minister also launched the Low Carbon Scotland: Behaviours Framework which sets out the approach Scottish Government will take in influencing behaviours to help achieve the transition to a low carbon Scotland.