LEAP Benefit from Climate Challenge’s latest round of Funding to Local Communities to help tackle Climate Change – with a further 12 months of funding for 2 exciting projects
The latest round of Climate Challenge Fund awards will see 33 community-led projects share £2.86 million, Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod announced at the end of January.
The Fund has helped communities throughout Scotland reduce, reuse and recycle their waste, increase the energy efficiency of homes and community buildings, encourage active travel and the use of low-carbon transport, and promote and produce local food.
LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) has secured £129,884 over a 12 month period from 1st April 2015 to enable householders in Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan and Bridge of Weir to reduce the amount of energy they use in their homes and daily lives. The Calder and Gryffe Community project will focus on areas requested by the communities and will be delivered by a local community charity that aims to help residents improve carbon efficiency. Project activities will include home energy advice, an energy shop, development of a community wood fuel co-op and a Centre of Carbon Excellence, plus further promotion of LEAP Car Club and support for electric vehicles.
LEAP’s (Youth Engagement Programme) Yep! will benefit from £56,919 over a similar time period to run is a series of hands-on green vocational skills workshops, pop-up events and social gatherings devised by and for young people across the four communities of Lochwinnoch, Bridge of Weir, Howwood and Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire. Through a range of engaging activities the project will enable young people to learn about their environment and gain practical skills they can use to reduce their carbon emissions.
Carol Gemmell, LEAP Project Manager said ‘ We are delighted that further funding has been secured to allow the LEAP project to continue to deliver services within our local communities. To be able to expand the Youth Engagement Pilot, devised by local young people, is particularly exciting”.