About the fund
In July 2019 Staffordshire County Council declared a climate change emergency to demonstrate a commitment to taking action to reduce climate change impacts. We are putting in place measures to reduce our contributions, adapt and build resilience to the impact of climate change.
The Community Climate Change Action Fund has been established to help local communities build resilience and reduce Staffordshire’s contributions to climate change.
Who can apply?
The funding is open to properly constituted, not-for profit organisations, including charities, societies, voluntary and community groups, parish councils and schools. The county council is not able to fund individuals.
What can be applied for?
Funding must deliver against at least one of the following three categories:
Category 1 - Reducing carbon impact
- Energy efficiency - reducing our demand for energy, for example:
- Use of more efficient appliances, lighting and heating
- Improving thermal efficiency of buildings by reducing heat loss, for example improving insulation and reducing draughts
- Reducing the impact of fossil fuelled vehicles
- Low carbon transport
- Encouraging more sustainable travel
- Waste reduction and reuse
- Introducing measures to keep items in use for longer and minimise waste creation (recycling initiatives are not eligible unless related to food waste recycling and local composting initiatives)
Category 2 - Improving air quality
- Improve air quality
- For example, encouraging alternatives to car use for school drop offs (such as walking and cycling) and reduced idling outside school buildings
- Reduce harmful emissions
- Projects which reduce harmful emissions, particularly in areas which suffer from poor air quality
Category 3 - Adaptation to climate change
- Building resilience to climate change impacts
- Community resilience to extreme local weather events, e.g. heatwaves, drought and heavy rain events
- Enhancing local green spaces
- Greening urban spaces and the local environment for example through tree planting
How much can be applied for?
Each County Councillor has up to £1,000 to allocate through the Community Climate Action Fund. Projects can apply for funding up to a maximum of £1,000, there is no minimum.
There is no requirement for match funding. If an application requires additional funding to deliver the project this must be secured before applying.
How to apply
To apply for funding, you must first have already spoken with the County Councillor you are seeking funding from. You will not be able to proceed with a funding application otherwise. Please see the list of County Councillors on our website for contact details, where you can also search by postcode if you are uncertain who your councillor is.
The funding application can be put through on our online form.
If you require a printed copy of the application form and guidance this can be requested from email@example.com. Please note: Due to staff mainly working from home whilst Covid-19 restrictions are in place, there may be a slight delay in receiving paper copies.
Please note: by submitting a funding application you will be confirming that you accept the council’s funding conditions as set out in this guide at the time of application. Organisations not accepting these at the time of applying will not be eligible for funding support.
The grant scheme will be open until 29 January 2021.
Please note that each Councillor has £1,000 to allocate and funding applications will be assessed within one month of receipt. It is therefore recommended that applications are submitted early.
Longer term maintenance
Where relevant it must be demonstrated that the project can be appropriately maintained and funded longer term without reliance on additional unsecured external funding.
Assessment of application and award of funds
Your County Councillor will consider your application and may request additional information if it is felt further clarification on the project is required. Projects which incorporate health and wellbeing benefits or are cross cutting over several priority categories are likely to be considered higher priorities. You will be notified if your application has been successful within one month from the date of receipt.
Funding will be released on acceptance of a grant offer.
Project delivery and promotion
Funding must be spent in full by 30 June 2021.
Any promotional material used for the project must acknowledge Staffordshire County Council and the funding provided. The Staffordshire County Council logo can be provided on request.
If any media events are arranged to promote the project the County Councillor must be invited to attend.
A brief summary of the project and achievements should be submitted to the Council within two months of the funds being spent.
Please fully read the terms and conditions and the data protection information before applying.