SCCAN member, Greener Kirkcaldy, is celebrating being awarded £197,289 by the National Lottery to lead a new Fife-wide partnership to tackle climate change in Fife.
Climate Action Fife is the first project in Scotland to be funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s new £100 million Climate Action Fund, which aims to enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. 14 grants have been awarded across the UK this summer, totalling over £14 million.
Starting in September, Greener Kirkcaldy will deliver an 18-month cross-sector climate action project in partnership with Fife Council, Fife College and Fife Communities Climate Action Network. They’ll be piloting a range of activities to build capacity in communities across Fife to take action on climate change, engage people from all backgrounds and sectors, tackle carbon emissions and deliver ambitious longer-term plans.
Project activities will include climate change communications, training and engagement events, and innovative behavior change activities encouraging climate-friendly businesses, climate-friendly homes and gardens, climate-friendly food and climate-friendly holidays. We’ll also carry out studies into the potential for a Fife community renewable energy project, a community tree planting strategy and a community cycling manifesto, as well as testing different approaches to getting more community groups across Fife involved in action on climate change.
Christine May, Chair of the Greener Kirkcaldy board, said: “We are thrilled to be the first project in Scotland to be part of this exciting new fund. This is a key step towards our vision of a Fife where everyone is working together towards a low-carbon future. We’d like to say a big thank you to all National Lottery players for making this happen. We are very excited to be part of this new national movement for change.”
Read more on Greener Kirkcaldy’s website: https://www.greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk/climate-action-fife/