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Climate Action Fund

Applications are now closed 

About the fund

In July 2019 Staffordshire County Council declared a climate change emergency to demonstrate a commitment to reduce climate change impacts. We are putting in place measures to reduce our carbon emissions and to adapt and build local resilience to the impacts of climate change.

This is the second round of the county council's community climate change action fund, offering funding assistance to local communities to 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 four categories.  Examples are given below of what would be considered a good project under each category:

Category 1 - Reducing carbon impact or adapting to our changing climate

  • Energy efficiency

Reducing our demand for energy, through:

- Use of more efficient appliances, lighting and heating.
- Improving thermal efficiency of buildings by reducing heat loss, for example improving insulation and reducing draught

  • Building resilience to climate change impacts

Creating local resilience to extreme local weather events such heat waves, drought and heavy rain events.

Category 2 - Improving air quality

  • Reduced pollution

Encouraging alternatives to car use such as walking and cycling initiatives.

Category 3 - Natural environment 

  • Enhancing local green spaces

Greening urban spaces and the local environment for example through tree planting.

Category 4 - Reducing waste

  • Waste reduction and reuse

Introducing measures to minimise waste creation, for example repair initiatives or food waste reduction.

  • Composting

Encouraging on site composting of garden waste and fruit and vegetable food waste.

How much can be applied for

Projects can apply for funding between £250- £500 per county councillor.

If you wish to apply for more than £500 you can approach more than one Councillor as long as the benefits can be realised across the divisional areas applied to.  In principal support must be given from each Councillor before submitting an application.  A maximum of £2,500 can be applied for on the application and only one project can be submitted per group or society.

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/s you are seeking funding from. All county councillors which have offered in principal support for the application must be listed on the application form and the amount each respective Councillor has offered in principle specified.

Please see the list of County Councillors on our website for contact details. 

The funding application form is hosted on our website and your application should be submitted online via the form where possible. If you require a printed copy of the application form and guidance this can be requested from sustainability@staffordshire.gov.uk.

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.

Application deadlines

The Community climate change action fund will close for applications on 25 February 2022.

Assessment of the 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 project has been successful or not by 1st April.

An offer of grant will be issued to successful applicants.  Funding will be released on receipt of a formal grant acceptance.

Terms and conditions

Only one project can be submitted per group or society.

Projects can apply for funding up to a maximum of £500 per County Councillor, a minimum of £250 applies. 

Projects can apply to more than one County Councillor, the grant application total should not exceed £2,500.  In principle support must be received from all County Councillors named on the application form before submission.

Project funding must be spent by 30 June 2022.

If the project cannot go ahead as planned please notify sustainability@staffordshire.gov.uk to discuss requirements.  If you have already received funding, any element which will not be delivered must be repaid in full within 6 months of receiving the funding unless specifically agreed otherwise.

To receive funding, groups must be properly constituted and not-for-profit.

Funding will only be awarded for new projects and not retrospectively.

If the project proposes a change in land management or changes to property this must have written approval of the landowner.

Where relevant it must be demonstrated that the project can be appropriately maintained and funded longer term without reliance on additional unsecured external funding

By accepting the grant, you agree that you have not received funding from other sources for the same elements as applied for from the Climate Change Action Fund.

Acknowledgement of Staffordshire County Council and the funding awarded must be made on all promotional material associated with the project. The Staffordshire County Council logo can be provided on request for this purpose.  This logo should not be modified. Staffordshire County Council must be allowed to visit the project or see project activities as reasonably requested. If any media events are arranged to promote the project the County Councillor must be invited to attend. 

By accepting the grant, you agree to submitting a summary of the project within two months of completion. This should be submitted together with invoices to detail spend against the items offered in the grant. Staffordshire County Council reserve the right to produce a case study of the project for publication.

By accepting the grant you agree to information on the project and the funding awarded to be publicly available.

The council cannot award funding for the following things:

  • Any activity that discriminates on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, disability, age or sexual orientation
  • Staff costs or salaries of any kind
  • Activity to make a commercial profit
  • Projects run for the benefit of an individual person
  • Any ongoing running costs of existing activity e.g. insurance, fees, rent, transport
  • Formal education
  • Any predominantly religious activity (but this does not preclude religious organisations from making bids for non-religious activity)
  • Any political activity
  • A statutory responsibility or services generally resourced from/by other statutory organisations
  • Projects for the benefit of residents predominantly from outside Staffordshire

If you feel you have a project that may achieve the outcomes required but are concerned by the restrictions above discuss this with your County Councillor ahead of making the application

Depending on the nature of your support project, the County Council may need to be assured that you have appropriate safeguarding procedures, appropriate insurance etc.

Data Protection

As a public organisation we are subject to the Data Protection Act 2018 and, as such, where we collect any personal data from you as part of the application process we will only use it for this purpose and no other. Your personal data will never be shared with anyone else and will be retained only for as long as it is needed. Non-personal data you submit to use as part of this application process will be used to make decisions to award funding, perform anonymised analysis, or to undertake publicity or fundraising. For more information on how Staffordshire County Council handles personal data, please see our Privacy Notice.

Please bear in mind that as part of the above, your organisation name will be published alongside the ‘summary for publicity’ you provide in your application, the amount awarded, and the councillor supporting, on the County Council’s website. It is important that we can show transparency over where the funding has been used.

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