National Lottery Community Fund names charities to benefit from next round of climate change funding

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has handed out a further £5m to charities and community groups for projects that tackle climate change.

The money has been handed out through the Climate Action Fund, a ten year £100, fund that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of communities and to support community groups’ environmental projects.

In August, nine grants totally more than £14m were distributed and this month a further £5m worth of funding have been announced, bringing the total handed out this year to almost £20m,

This includes a grant of £629,582 to the Glasgow Community Food Network, which represents charity, private and public sector organisations and individuals in the city to “develop a flourishing food system”.

It will spend the grant on food education initiatives, establishing a “local green assembly” and to “mobilise young people to become climate leaders”, according to the NLCF.

Others to benefit include Wes Yorkshire based Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub and the South Downs National Park Trust.

“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,” said NLCF head of climate action Nick Gardner.

“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.”

“The projects include large scale schemes delivered by local partnerships, as well as smaller development grants, which will see the National Lottery funding used for emerging ideas to engage different communities and to test new approaches.

“The National Lottery Community Fund will use learning from this funding to help shape what happens next with the Climate Action Fund and will explore and reflect on ways to ways people and communities in taking climate action throughout the programme.”

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