National Lottery launches £2.5m green fund

Charities are being urged to apply for a £2.5 National Lottery funded grant programme to support communities to take action against climate change.

The Together for Our Planet programme has been launched by the National Lottery Community fund and is offering grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support community projects.

The fund is available for projects that cover areas such as food, transport, energy, waste and the environment and has been created ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which takes place in Glasgow in November.

It aims to “create a legacy of ongoing climate action in hundreds of communities” to support UK government policy of reducing emissions to net zero by 2050.

The fund is open for applications until 5pm on 18 November. It is expected that between 400 and 500 awards will be made.

“COP26 looks set to be a pivotal point in the global response to the climate emergency,” said NLCF head of climate action Nick Gardner.

“Our new funding programme, Together for Our Planet, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, hopes to harness the interest and excitement around this event and support community organisations across the UK to take ongoing action on climate change.

“With this programme we are keen to reach those who are not sure how to take climate action or haven’t before, helping ensure that climate action moves further into the mainstream, and is accessible and relevant to all communities.”

To coincide with the fund’s, launch the NLCF has developed an online Climate Hub, dedicated to latest funding news and issues around green issues.

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