Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Greens Urge Local Groups to Apply for Climate Challenge Grants

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Highland Greens are urging local groups across Highlands and Islands to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge fund, launched jointly last week by Green MSP Patrick Harvie and Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead (1).

The fund will support communities across Scotland who have imaginative ideas about how to reduce their impact on the climate. (2)

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“People across Scotland are coming up with ways to cut their climate emissions while improving their quality of life and strengthening local economies.  For the first time, there will now be a substantial fund to support them as they develop these ideas and put them into practice.”

Highland Green spokesperson Dr Eleanor Scott said:

“Across the Highlands and Islands there are many groups with innovative ideas which can contribute to tackling climate change – indeed some of the most inventive ideas come from our most rural and isolated communities!  Renewable energy projects are the obvious ones, but local food initiatives can help tackle climate change by reducing food miles, and waste reduction projects can save valuable resources – so any group that thinks it could be eligible should apply.

“There is no lower limit for awards from the Climate Challenge Fund, so it could really help small local projects.”


(1) See www.climatechallengefund.org

(2) The Fund was proposed by the Scottish Greens during the 2007 election, and adopted by the SNP as part of the budget negotiations between the two parties earlier this year.