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Lottery boost for climate change project

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Greener Kirkcaldy receives almost £200,000 for Climate Action Fife initiative

A community climate change project in Fife has been awarded almost £200,000 from the National Lottery.

Greener Kirkcaldy has received £197,289 from the Lottery’s Community Fund to lead a local partnership taking action on climate change in the area.

The Climate Action Fife project will build capacity in local communities to take action on climate change, engage people from all backgrounds and sectors, pilot a range of activities to tackle carbon emissions, and develop ambitious longer-term plans.

Cross-sector partners working with Greener Kirkcaldy on the project include Fife Council, Fife College and Fife Communities Climate Action Network.

Christine May, Greener Kirkcaldy chair, said: “We are extremely thankful to The National Lottery Community Fund for this award to deliver an innovative and ambitious climate action project for Fife. We are thrilled to be the first project in Scotland to be part of this exciting new fund, which will empower people and communities across the UK to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.

“This is a key step towards our vision of a Fife where everyone is working together towards a low-carbon future. We’d like to say a big thank you to all National Lottery players for making this happen. We are very excited to be part of this new national movement for change.”

Kate Still, Scotland chair at The National Lottery Community Fund, added: “We’re delighted that, thanks to National Lottery players, people and communities across Fife will be taking action to reduce their carbon footprint and demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change.

“From 25 years of funding environmental projects across the UK, we know that local community action is at the heart of delivering solutions that not only minimise the impact on the environment, but also offer extra benefits that people and communities can reap. In the last few months we have been reminded that communities truly understand their places and spaces, and so often play a vital role in responding in a crisis, and we’re confident with people in the lead communities can tackle climate action and responding to the climate emergency.”

The award to Greener Kirkcaldy is among 14 grants across the UK totalling over £14m which are the first to be awarded under the fund’s 10-year £100m Climate Action Fund.

 

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