The Welcoming Association have secured a share of £15.3 million made available through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).

The Welcoming Association has been awarded a CCF grant totalling £172,398 over a period of two years (2018-20).

The CCF is a Scottish Government grant programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.

Welcoming a Greener Future will offer free support to the growing Syrian refugee community in Edinburgh to adopt new habits in home energy efficiency and recycling.   The project will also involve the wider migrant and refugee community in an exciting programme to encourage food growing.  Moreover, the project will ensure that tackling climate change is seen as a key aspect of building new lives in Scotland.

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Jon Busby, Project Director said:

We are very pleased to secure a CCF grant for 2018-20.   Bringing people together is at the heart of everything we do and we will achieve the aims of this project through an engaging programme of home visits, workshops, food growing programme and community events.

David Gunn, Climate Challenge Fund Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“We congratulate the Welcoming Association for securing funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and encourage the local community to take advantage of support available through Welcoming a Greener Future.

“We look forward to supporting the Welcoming Association as they implement their project and empowering many more communities to take action on climate change. We see it as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable.”

The CCF has awarded 1,097 grants totalling £101 million to 658 communities since its introduction in 2008, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Welcoming a Greener Future 2018-2020 Press Release