Fund to help communities shift towards zero carbon approved

10 May 2019

South Cambridgeshire council has approved plans for a new grant fund to be established to help community groups in the district shift towards a zero-carbon future.

The new Zero Carbon Communities grant scheme will provide grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 for local groups to spend on ambitious projects that reduce carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, along with helping communities spread awareness and promote behaviours change towards low carbon lifestyles.

Applications are expected to open this summer.

These funds will be able to be spent on projects such as:

  • Energy-saving improvements to community buildings
  • Community energy projects such as solar panels, community wind turbines and battery storage
  • Electric vehicle charging points which the community could use
  • Community tree planting, to absorb carbon and increase biodiversity
  • Community schemes to scale up local circular economy initiatives (food, fashion, waste, travel)
  • Cycle paths and stands
  • Projects that tackle fuel poverty
  • Simple proposals such as cycle racks at bus stops or drinking fountains to encourage the use of reusable water bottles

Cllr Pippa Heylings said: “I’m hugely excited that the Cabinet have backed this plan to give local, community groups the chance to play their part in tackling the climate emergency which we face.

Find out more here.