Charities share £6m in climate change funding

More than 20 charity and community led projects are to share £6m through £6m in National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) grants to tackle climate change.

The money is being distributed through the funder's £100m Climate Action Fund, which aims to help communities to reduce their carbon footprint.

This is the second round of funding through the Fund, which previously awarded 23 grants in 2020.

This latest round of funding “is for emerging ideas to engage different communities and to test new approaches”, said the NLCF.

It added the funding will “help shape what happens next with the Climate Action Fund and will explore and reflect on the ways people and communities are taking climate action throughout the programme”.

NLCF chief executive David Knott said: “These projects will bring people together to create a lower waste society, that will not only help us get to net zero, but also support communities to prosper and thrive.”

Charities to benefit

Among charities to benefit from this latest funding round is Groundwork South and North Tyneside, which has been handed £150,000 to create a “repair and reuse” culture in its local area.

“As a society, we are quick to look for new items, particularly when it comes to needing new furniture and household items,” said the charity’s business and funding manager Alene Lee.

“However, with this new funding, thanks to National Lottery players, we can develop our pre-used household furniture outlet and encourage people to reuse and repair items.”

Other charities to be handed funding include Action West London, which has received £157,000 for a waste and consumption reduction project in Acton.

Meanwhile, The Restart Project has been awarded £190,000 for its Fixing Factories project to support youth training and prevent waste in Camden and Brent in London.

This programme of activities “will work with volunteers and repair businesses on a Camden high street and inside a Brent waste facility,” said the Restart Project.

The largest funding award is for a Highland Good Waste Partnership project being coordinated by the charity Keep Scotland Beautiful. It has received £1.5m for a waste reduction initiative in the Highlands.

“Kicking off in April, the project will bring focus to how unsustainable consumption contributes to climate change working across four key objectives to: increase understanding of how the choices we make can impact our climate; increase the use of pre-loved, repaired and shared goods; support people and businesses to reduce food waste; and reduce single-use items and packaging said Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive Barry Fisher.

“We are very much looking forward to collaborating and learning with the project partners, supporting a range of activities from ‘climate cafés’, film nights, and waste reduction workshops, to trialling innovative reuse and recycling solutions while promoting sustainable tourism and growing and connecting knowledge, skills and resources across the region.”

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