Climate Change

Climate Action Fund Grants for schools and communities

Schools and community groups who are keen to help tackle climate change can now apply for a grant to support their efforts.

The Climate Action Fund supports local action in schools and communities, and has been set up to demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead on climate change.  

There is a funding pot of £25,000 available. 

Schools can apply for up to £1,500 and community groups up to £1,000 for local climate initiatives

The money could be used for things like tree planting, building raised beds for planting vegetables and installing water butts to help with watering.

Applications open on the 18 September.

Aim of the Climate Action Fund

To enable groups and schools to undertake local action that will support delivery of Pendle’s Climate Emergency Action Plan.

Priority Themes

  • To support and enable sustainable travel 
  • To reduce carbon emissions and energy demand from the built environment
  • To reduce the harmful impacts of waste and water consumption
  • To support our future generations to find solutions
  • To support biodiversity and the natural environment to help local carbon off setting opportunities

Applications are welcome that support these priorities in a either a community or school setting.

Outcomes of the Climate Action Fund 

  • An increase in the understanding and awareness of climate change 
  • An increase in the level of local climate action
  • Examples of good practice that can be replicated and shared

Who can apply for the Climate Action Fund? 

The fund is available to community and school projects in Pendle who want to make a difference to their neighbourhood or school.  

Activities must be completed between October 2021 and September 2022.

Projects will be monitored proportionate to the amount of grant that is approved and at intervals on an agreed schedule.

Climate Action Small Grants for schools

This grant is open to all schools across Pendle. 

Grants of up to £1,500 are available per school. 

Climate Action Small Grants for communities

Groups must:

  • have an annual turnover of less than £150,000
  • be a constituted voluntary, community, faith group, a registered Charity or a not for profit
  • have the appropriate governance in place, including the policies and procedures required to deliver the service being offered 

Applicants must have their own bank account with a minimum of two signatories.

If you do not have a bank account, you can work in partnership with a larger group who could manage the fund on your behalf.

Alternatively, contact Burnley Pendle Rossendale CVS for governance support

Grants of up to £1,000 per group are available. 

What can be funded? 

Any physical project that helps to reduce carbon emissions in Pendle and bring environmental benefits will be considered. For example, projects could include:

  • community orchards 
  • tree planting
  • building raised beds
  • installing water butts
  • green fences
  • schemes that promote cycling and walking

What can’t be funded?

  • resources or activities for which you have already received funding
  • activities that promote political and religious messages

What will Climate Action projects need to report on?

Successful applicants will need to show clear evidence of positive impacts and behaviour change on individuals or beneficiaries. They must show how they have contributed to the Climate Action Fund outcomes. 

Monitoring and evaluation information and requirements will be included in the pack that is issued to all successful applications.  

Successful projects will have to showcase their work, share learning and look at future planning.

Read guidance notes on the application questions, and apply for the grant