Young people to advise on climate change panel

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) panel are looking for young people to join the group to make recommendations on projects to help improve Scotland’s environment.

The CCF is a Scottish Government grants programme managed and administered by the environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.  The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to tackle climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions.

The young people, aged 16-26, will work with Young Scot, panel members of all ages, and Keep Scotland Beautiful to make recommendations to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on funding applications.

Young Scot and Keep Scotland Beautiful will offer free training and support to help the new panel members. To apply visit by the 28th August 2017.

Previously, the CCF has supported projects involving energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste. Projects led-by and involving young people at youth groups, Student Associations and uniformed organisations, such as the scouts are amongst those to have benefitted from CCF grants.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government. Community-led organisations are invited to apply for CCF funding, with grants of up to £150,000 available per organisation, per year for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020. Funding available in 2018/19 will include a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund. Development Grants of up to £1,500 are also available through the fund.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said, “We want young people to have direct involvement with the Climate Challenge Fund panel. Many young people have a real passion for the environment, which is why I think it is important that they have a say in which projects will affect them their future.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said, “Having young people involved in the climate change panel is a brilliant idea. The panel will be able to draw on the experiences and views of young people to enhance their decision making, and young participants will be able to gain a wide range of experience to help their personal development.”

To date, the CCF has awarded grants totalling £85.8 million – supporting a range of successful projects, including energy efficiency improvements to community-owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options and community growing initiatives, plus schemes that help reduce waste and move Scotland further towards a more circular economy.

*For 2018-2019 some CCF Grant Recipients (with projects involving waste and circular economy activities, or installation of energy efficient measures in community-owned buildings) will be match funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF comes from the European Structural and Investment Fund