The 10-year £100 million Climate Action Fund was launched by the National Lottery Community Fund in November 2019 with the aim of supporting communities across the UK to take action on climate change and show what is possible when people lead in this work.

Round two is focused on supporting community-driven projects that address waste and consumption in the UK, covering themes such as:

  • Food waste
  • Repair and re-use
  • Retail and consumerism
  • Waste streams.

This is not a complete list and NLCF is keen to hear about other project approaches.

Around £8 to £10 million is available which will be awarded as:

  • Development grants of between £100,000 and £150,000 to support those who need more time to develop their partnership, engage widely or test their approaches. The minimum length is 12 months).
  • Full awards of between £500,000 and £1.5 million to support those who have more developed proposals and might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage. The length of full awards will be between three to five years.

It is expected that a total of 12 to 15 grants will be awarded with more development grants than full awards.

The funding can be used for:

  • Staff costs.
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • General project costs.
  • Engagement activities
  • Learning and evaluation
  • Utilities or running costs
  • Organisational development and management costs.
  • Some capital costs. This could be for buying equipment or buying, leasing, refurbishing or developing land and buildings, or other construction-related work.

The deadline to submit an initial idea is 8 April 2021 (5pm).


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