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Community Climate Grants Are Back!

What are Community Climate Grants?

Your group is invited to apply for up to £1000 for climate action activities!

Community Climate Grants support climate-related initiatives and projects and are delivered in partnership with Climate Action Fife. The grants are for community groups based or working in Fife and groups are welcome to apply for both funds. In 2023 we supported 38 events with the funds.

This scheme includes two specific funds: the Small Grants Fund and the Fife Climate Hub  Seed and Development Fund and they are available again this year – this time with some great new changes!

Small Grant Fund

The Small Grants Fund supports groups who wish to engage their communities in climate related activities.

Groups can apply for up to £500. There is funding for around 10 groups.

The fund aims to encourage new climate action and conversation in communities who are less engaged on climate issues. It is a requirement that funded activities are used to get the climate conversation going in your communities.

Small Grants activities and events should take place during the next Fife Climate Festival planned for 21 September to 5 October 2024.

Application deadline for the Small Grants Fund is 16 June 2024. This deadline has now passed and no more applications can be received.

Seed and Development Fund

The Seed and Development Fund is open to any Fife community group who would like to start up a climate project or build their capacity to deliver climate action. You must join FCCAN first though.
FCCAN member groups can apply for up to £1000. There is £20,000 available in the funding pot, which means funding for at least 20 projects.

This funding can be used by groups to start up a new project, take forward existing plans, or to increase their capacity to take climate action. For example, the fund could cover training costs, a feasibility study, development of a website or could be used as match funding.

The Seed and Development Fund is open for applications on an ongoing basis, starting on 8 May 2024.

The final date for submission is 31 January 2025 and grants must be spent by 22 March 2025.



Who can apply?

Community groups or organisations based in, and working in, Fife. Applications will only be accepted from constituted, not-for-profit organisations. We are looking for applications from grassroots organisations which are community-led.

To apply for the Seed and Development Fund, groups have to be members of Fife Communities Climate Action Network (FCCAN) or apply to join FCCAN prior to submitting an application for funding. There is no cost associated with joining FCCAN, only benefits of being part of a growing network. Join here if you’re not a member

To apply for the Small Grants Fund you don’t need to be a member but you should use the funds take part in the Fife Climate Festival.

Application Process

To apply, please complete our short application form and submit it alongside a copy of your group’s constitution to

Each fund has a separate application form. All the information you will need to complete your application is on the forms.

Applications will be accepted for:

  • Small Grants Fund of up to £500 to deliver a climate activity in your community during the next Fife Climate Festival. This fund has now ended for 2024. 
  • Seed and Development Fund of up to £1000 to support the startup of a new project, or to develop an existing one.


The Funding is administered by Fife Climate Hub and in partnership with Climate Action Fife.  

Fife Climate Hub empowers community-led action on the climate crisis. We build capacity of existing community groups working on climate and deliver stronger collaboration between them. Fife Climate Hub is a project of FCCAN.

Climate Action Fife is a Fife-wide partnership project, bringing together individuals, communities, local government and businesses to tackle the climate emergency and make Fife a greener and fairer place to live. The project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund.

Project Reporting

Groups will need to submit a short report at the end of their project, event or activity. This should describe what they did or delivered, with whom, what they spent and how they spent it, what impact it had on climate action or awareness, what participants got out of it, and any learning and reflection.

You’ll also be asked for photos and stories to illustrate the impact of your project.

For the Small Grants Fund, the deadline for reports is 20 October 2024.

For the Seed and Development Fund the deadline is 2 weeks after you have delivered your project. You will be asked for an estimated project completion date on your application form.

Support for Your Application

Frequently Asked Questions

In this short video Fife Climate Hub Manager Craig Leitch explains how to write a successful application to the Seed and Development Fund

And if you are looking to apply for a Small Grant to take part in the Fife Climate Festival watch this video: 

Small Grants Fund

Still not sure if? Read our FAQs on both funds and get your questions answered.

Seed and Development Fund FAQs 
Small Grants Fund FAQs

If you still have a question please get in touch at 

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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) 30% off training, member-only networks (policy and comms), Funding Scotland premium access, members email bulletin, priority access for events, etc
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This guide is designed to help community groups tackling climate change maximise their success by taking account of how change happens when planning, carrying out and reviewing their activities. Shifting normal - designing projects to tackle climate change: full guide - nan
Community Climate Action Toolkit. Easy-to-use tools and resources, to develop your group understand your local situation, to move into meaningful action. Community Climate Action Toolkit | The Schumacher Institute nan
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Fife Benefits. Matching communities and good causes with businesses and procurement staff Fife Benefits - Procurement Support nan
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Greenspace Scotland. A wide range of resources including guidance, research, statistics and funding sources. Resources | Greenspace Scotland nan
The PECH structure. A useful way to build team cohesion and direction by finding commonalities and ironing out differences at the outset. CEC Visioning PECH doc - Google Docs nan
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Growing Climate Confidence. Help to reduce emissions and engage their community. Their Scorecard will assess your progress to net zero. Growing Climate Confidence nan
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Climate Outreach. Explore their website. They have a range of tools for engaging the public on climate change. nan
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Where you have come from before: Before joining the Fife Climate Hub team I had two jobs I was the Sustainable Transport Officer for Transition University St Andrews and I worked as a Communications Advisor for Fife Council

I am a passionate communicator with a big interest in climate and biodiversity. I began this journey when I was asked to cover the GM Crop Trials in the Highlands as a young reporter for the Press & Journal. I realised that I wanted to be part of the solution and not on the sidelines reporting it.  

One small change I would recommend getting the train for your next holiday. It’s a fantastic adventure and once you get out of the UK the trains are much more relaxed and you feel on holiday straight away. On the Eurostar on to Paris even the toasties are served with a plate, a napkin and a French accent! 

Sean Flinn

Where you have come from before:

I have worked and volunteered in science communication since my undergraduate and have formal qualifications as both a youth worker and science teacher. I have a background in marine conservation and have briefly worked in conservation research. Previously I ran a project working with young people on the topics of climate change and the biodiversity crisis. I have used my experience to help upskill other educators based on the lessons I have learned. 

One small change you would make to make the world a greener, fairer place:  

Is to question everything you read or hear especially online! There is a lot of information out there and it can be overwhelming; especially when much of it is intentionally misleading!

Where you have come from before: I’ve always worked in the voluntary sector, most recently on a freelance basis supporting charities with their digital content and online accessibility. Before that I worked at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

My professional background is in digital communications and data reporting. I’m also a Board Member on the Kingsbarns Community Development Trust and help to run our school and community garden in the village.

One small change is to get growing. Whether it’s looking after a few herbs in pots on your windowsill or getting involved in one of the many brilliant community gardens we have here in Fife, growing your own fruit and veg reduces food miles, pesticides and plastics and saves you money too. Plus, homegrown definitely does taste better!

Where you have come from before: Before joining the Fife Climate Hub

Craig Leitch Fife Climate Hub Manager
Craig Leitch Fife Climate Hub Manager

team I worked for Greener Kirkcaldy and on the Climate Action Fife Project. My role was to deliver climate literacy training and inspire climate action. I also supported FCCAN as their secretariat.

My background is in wildlife conservation where I mainly worked to share the joys of nature with people as a ranger, leading guided walks and as education officer.  

One small change is to talk to people about climate change. Share your worries and celebrate your positive actions. You really do have power to influence those around you.  

Alternatively: buy (and sell)  second hand. There are so many apps out there now to help with this. This means fewer emissions, fewer things going to landfill and it saves you money.