In March 2020, we were awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) to the sum of £162,644.
The Climate Challenge Fund was previously a Scottish Government grant programme. The CCF provided funding and support to help community-led organisations in Scotland tackle climate change through projects that reduced local carbon emissions. Over 1,150 projects across all 32 local authorities were awarded CCF grants for activities involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency. Total CCF funding over its lifetime exceeded £115 million.
The funding was put towards a 2-year project called Nourish Kirriemuir, which had three main aims:
- Grow 2 tonnes of local food.
- Cut food waste and other waste by 6 tonnes.
- Support 500 people to increase their awareness and understanding of climate change.
The project was developed following a number of conversations with our town’s schools, community groups and members of the public, as well as Angus Council. We wanted to address climate change in ways that the people of Kirriemuir wanted; reducing waste and growing food were top of the list.