In grants to local initiatives and voluntary groups battling climate change and mitigating environmental degradation across the UK, the National Lottery Community Fund has awarded £ 19.5m.
National Lottery funding has been distributed over the past four months to regional programmes focusing on environmental protection in key areas such as energy reduction, food production, biofriendly transportation, waste management and recycling, as well as protecting the natural environment of cities.
The 23 ventures, from Cumbria to Cornwall and Glasgow to Gwynedd, are the first to obtain cash from the Climate Action Fund, a 10-year, £ 100 million lottery fund set up to directly help community-led organisations battling the climate emergency.
On 1 December, nine grant holders were announced, while the other 14 were revealed this year in August. To exchange learning, they will work together and become catalysts for greater and transformative change.
Nick Gardner, National Lottery Community Fund Head of Climate Change, said: “From 25 years of funding environmental projects, we know that local community action can deliver positive environmental impacts alongside additional benefits for people to reap.
“This year we have been reminded that communities are best placed to understand their places and spaces, and so often play a vital role in responding in a crisis.
“Thanks to National Lottery players, communities across the UK will be able to demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. This funding will bring people together so they can learn from each other and have an impact within and beyond their communities.”
Projects include large-scale initiatives delivered by local partnerships, as well as smaller grants for growth, which will see lottery funds used to engage various communities and test innovative methods for developing ideas.
Learning from this funding will be used by the National Lottery Community Fund to help shape what happens next with the Climate Action Fund and to discuss and focus on ways in which individuals and societies take climate action throughout the programme.
The Climate Action Fund is part of the ‘Environment Strategy’ of the National Lottery Community Fund, which has seen substantial lottery funding in community-led programmes focused on activities that not only enhance the environment, but use it to improve people’s and communities’ lives.
The Fund has awarded more than £ 340 million to environmental initiatives since April 2013, through nearly 4,800 grants.
Since 1994, National Lottery players have raised £ 41bn for over 565,000 good causes in the UK, or £ 30m per week. During these difficult times, the lottery plays a vital role in helping individuals, programmes and communities.
Here you can find a list of all 23 initiatives of the Climate Action Fund: https:/www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/climate-action-fund