Edition: March 2023
The Community Climate Fund is a grant available to local voluntary or community groups, that share our vision of becoming a carbon neutral District.
Groups such as registered charities, Community Interest Companies, social enterprises, schools, Parish Councils and faith groups providing inclusive projects can apply. In this article we look at two schemes that successfully secured funding in the Summer and Autumn 2022 rounds.
Scout hut upgrades
2nd Horsham Scouts (pictured above) previously secured funding for improvements to their scout hut, including water butts and a hot composter. Their recent successful application will provide new motion activated LED lighting units and upgrade taps to reduce water and energy wastage. Of the recent successful bid, the group said:
The hut serves as a safe community space for over 350 regular users. The toilet facilities have not been updated since the hut was opened nearly 30 years ago. These initiatives will help to reduce the impact on the environment, improve the facilities and reduce operational costs. The group said:
Holy Trinity Church – small changes to make a big impact
Holy Trinity Church, who operate the Rudgwick Youth Centre, collaborated with Go Greener Rudgwick to provide the local community with an accessible recycling point for various forms of plastic. The 12-month pilot run by volunteers used 11 recycling bins outside the building to collect plastics not picked up by other schemes, saving approximately 400kg of waste.
The funding will create a permanent covered shelter to house the bins, providing better access for users with mobility impairments. (Artist's impression pictured, copyright Jane Silk).
It will also have a sloping living green roof, showcasing the possibility for individuals to create similar projects at home. The group wants to inspire others. They commented:
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