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Climate Emergency Fund

8th September 2020 – Climate Emergency Fund – As part of the Council’s response to declaring a Climate Emergency in the borough a Climate Emergency Fund (CEF) has been established to support a range of low carbon projects in west Cheshire.  This fund will support the ambition for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2045.

There is £300,000 of capital funding available to bid for in 2020-21. This first round of funding is now open. Further funding will be released over the next three financial years up until 2024.

Who is eligible to bid?  Eligible applicants include Council-run services, Council Companies, Town or Parish Councils, voluntary organisations, community groups, small charities or other not-for-profit-organisations.

How much can organisations bid for?  The minimum level of capital investment which will be considered for the CEF is £50,000 for Council-led bids and £20,000 for community-led bids. The Investment Team has not set a specific maximum investment for a single project beyond the available funding envelope set out in the guidance documents.

What can this fund?  Projects that tackle the climate emergency by delivering quantifiable carbon benefits. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Renewable energy projects
  • Energy efficiency projects
  • Heat pump projects
  • Zero or low carbon transport
  • Waste reduction
  • Natural capital/natural environment projects.

The guidance documents provide full details of what will not be included.

Deadline for first round of funding is 30th September 2020.

How to apply? Please read the guidance documents for full details about how to apply for the funding.

If you have issues opening and completing the documents, please email climatechange@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.