LEAP funded for a further 3 years !
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The Scottish Government announced in March that 43 community groups across Scotland have been awarded over £6.9 million for the next three years under the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). LEAP are delighted to be one of these 43 projects.
A total grant of £442,500 has been awarded to LEAP through LMEG over a period of 3 years to enable householders in Lochwinnoch, Howwood, Kilbarchan and Bridge of Weir to reduce energy wasted in their homes. The project will develop car clubs and lift sharing schemes, expand local food producing initiatives and provide greater access to climate change information through local schools and other organisations working with children and young people in these local communities.
CCF helps communities reduce their carbon footprints and contribute to Scotland reaching its ambitious climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. The current round of applications, assessed by an Independent Grants Panel, also introduces the first successful intake of applications for the Junior Climate Challenge Fund; 20% of the funding allocated to LEAP is through the Junior Fund.
The project team, group volunteers, steering group and LMEG are delighted with the news and want to thank the villagers of Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan and Howwood for their support and enthusiasm for the project over the past 2 years. It was because of successful uptake of the project to date, and a clear direction from the community on how the project should grow, that has secured this fantastic support for our villages.