National Lottery Community Fund Announces New Climate Action Fund

Thursday, 25 July, 2019

National Lottery Community Fund Announces New Climate Action Fund

A new £100 million fund has been launched with the intent that people and communities across the UK can take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.

According to the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), the new fund will build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community. Although the types of activities will differ from place to place, they will share the ability to deliver high impact community-led climate action. This includes in areas such as sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption, food and protecting and regenerating spaces and habitats.

The Climate Action Fund is expected to open for applications in Autumn 2019 with the first awards being announced ‘well within the first half of 2020’. The funding criteria of the programme will be announced later this year. The National Lottery Community Fund says that it is planning to communicate externally on how the programme is developing across the summer.

Commenting at the launch event, the NLCF Chief Executive, Dawn Austwick said:

“Everyone can play their part in addressing climate change. The impact will be all the greater if we come together within and across communities. This is why, thanks to National Lottery players, we are launching the Climate Action Fund to create grassroots momentum built on learning and sharing within, between and beyond communities – in order to achieve meaningful and sustained climate action.”

The NLCF is also exploring ways to support the wider sector and its grantees to help them mitigate their impact on the climate, for example via its Climate Action Top-up scheme – which will soon be piloted in Wales.

Further details about the Climate Action Fund will be published on the NLCF’s website later this summer.

Source: NLCF, 18/07/2019