The National Lottery Community Fund has announced more than £14 million in grants for work in the UK to tackle climate change. The funding is part of the National Lottery-funded Climate Action Fund, a ten-year £100 million fund that is aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of communities and support community-led movements that can demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change.
‘We know that local community action is at the heart of delivering solutions that not only minimise the impact on the environment, but also offer additional benefits that people and communities can reap,’ said John Rose, Director and environment lead at The National Lottery Community Fund. ‘In the last few months we have been reminded that communities truly understand their places and spaces, and so often play a vital role in responding in a crisis, and we’re confident with people in the lead communities can tackle climate action and responding to the climate emergency.’
Some of the groups that are receiving funding from the new pledge include the Middlesbrough Environment City Trust for its work in sustainable food, transport, domestic energy use, and waste and the natural environment; the Women’s Environmental Network Trust to run a range of sustainable community food projects in London; and the Farm Net Zero Project with Duchy College to create opportunities for farmers in Cornwall to learn about sustainable farming practices.
The Climate Action Fund is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Environment Strategy. Since April 2013, the Fund has awarded more than £340 million to environmental projects through almost 4,800 grants.