Community groups and initiatives in Ardrossan, Beith and Largs have successfully attracted £101,746 in funding from the SNP Government’s Climate Change Asset Fund, administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Communities across the country will benefit from fast-tracked funding to help tackle climate change and deliver Scotland’s green recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A total of 279 projects will be funded through the £3.2 million fund, helping to deliver electric bikes, food growing equipment and glazing to improve energy efficiency.
The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety in Ardrossan was awarded £46,448 for double glazing, low-energy lighting, draft proofing, insulation and heating controls to help reduce local carbon emissions by making The Barony St John Centre in Ardrossan more energy efficient.
Beith Trust has been allocated £52,000 for thermal cladding at Geilsland Hall to reduce local carbon emissions by making the building more energy efficient.
Largs Academy receives £3,298.12 for food growing equipment.
Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP said:
“Communities across Scotland are vital in responding to the pandemic and in maintaining our resilience, sense of spirit and local support network.
“In what remains an exceptionally difficult time for us all, this funding provides fast, tangible support to deliver long-lasting benefits to community-based organisations while also helping them tackle climate change as we accelerate our just transition to a net zero society.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:
“I am delighted that local groups applied, and that funding is coming to my constituency.
“The Scottish Personal Centre for Safety and Beith Trust in particular have some phenomenal community activists who worked hard to put together sustainable plans and go through the application process.
“I also congratulate Largs Academy on attracting funding for food growing equipment, as it is becoming more and more important that children obtain an understanding at an early age where food comes from and how it can be grown.”
The Community Climate Asset Fund is administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful as part of the Climate Challenge Fund initiative. Details are available on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website, together with a full list of successful recipients. The projects will be completed by the end of March.