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Welcome to Your Funding Resource Hub

At FCCAN’s Fife Climate Hub we understand community groups play a vital role in creating positive change. Whether you’re striving to set up a community garden, supporting your community to make active travel choices, or setting up a skill share group or a tool library, securing funding is often the key to making your vision a reality. 

We are here to help you navigate the funding landscape, providing valuable insights, resources, and support to empower your community group. Let’s embark on this funding journey together! 

Funding Resources

Learn how to identify, apply for, and manage funds effectively with guidance on funding sources, from grants, donations, partnerships and sponsorships.

Funding Training

We invite funding experts and organisations to share their knowledge through regular training sessions. Take a look at our events pages to find out more.

Funding Advice

Get in touch to access our expert advice and best practices on grant applications, fundraising events, and donor engagement to increase your chances of success.

Community Climate Grants

Fife Climate Hub have teamed up with Climate Action Fife to offer Community Climate Grants. Groups of all shapes and sizes can apply for one or both of the two distinct grants.


Funding Database

Explore SCVO's list of funding opportunities. Find grants & sponsors that align with your mission and projects. We can also help you search Funding Scotland’s lists through our membership.

Fundraising Training

Learn fundraising techniques, from arranging events to initiating campaigns, to gain insight into engaging your community and supporters via our events.

Grant Writing

Guidelines to help you craft a convincing and professional grant applications.

Success Stories

Read inspiring success stories from community groups like yours who have successfully secured funding and created lasting impact in their communities.

Community Climate Grants

Fife Climate Hub and Climate Action Fife offer Community Climate Grants to community groups in Fife.  Groups of all shapes and sizes can apply for one or both of the two distinct grants. These grants will go live on 8 May 2024. 

Small Grants Fund

The Small Grants Fund offers groups up to £500 to run climate-related events and activities in their community.

The Small Grants Fund encourages new climate action and conversations in communities less engaged in climate issues.  Activities could include gardening, bike repair workshops or Climate Cafes. There will be ten Small Grants of up to £500 each. Small Grants    use their grant to take part in the Climate Action Fife Festival. The festival will run from 23 September to 5 October

Examples of events include: climate-themed film showings, ‘climate conversation’ discussion groups, led walks with a climate-change theme or a climate change litter pick. You can read about past year’s Small Grants Fund projects here.

Seed and Development Fund

The Seed and Development Fund will support groups to start up new projects, take forward existing plans, or increase their capacity to take more climate action.  It can cover training costs, feasibility studies, development of websites or as match funding.

We are open to suggestions, but you will need to demonstrate in your application how your idea will enable your group to take climate action.

This fund is now available only to FCCAN members or those who apply to become members at application. There is no cost associated with joining FCCAN, only benefits of being part of a growing network.

Groups can apply for both funds but will need to fill out two application forms.

It is different from last year in that the Seed and Development Grants are now offered on a ‘rolling’ ongoing basis. It can be applied for at any time from 8 May 2024 to  31 January 2025, or until the fund has finished. All grants must be spent by 22 March 2025.

Applicants applying for Seed and Development Fund can also deliver activities during the festival, however they can also be delivered at other times too. Climate Action Fife and the Fife Climate Hub deliver the grants. Crown Estates Scotland and the Scottish Government fund them.  

Who can apply?

Local community groups or organisations based in and working in Fife can apply.  Applications will only be accepted from constituted, non-profit-distributing organisations. We are looking for applications from grassroots organisations that are community-led. We cannot fund individuals, so groups will need to have their own bank accounts or partner with organisations that do.

Seed and Development Fund is now available all year round!

Recipients of the grants are invited to take part in the second Fife Climate Festival from 23 September to 5 October 2024. Grant recipients are encouraged to use all or some of their funding to organise activities during the festival that celebrates the range of climate activity in Fife. More than 50 groups took part  in the event, many benefiting from a Community Climate Grant. 

Details of the second Fife Climate Festival are yet to be confirmed but keep on eye on this page for when it’s confirmed:

See the festival page for more information.  

Community Climate Grants are delivered in partnership with Climate Action Fife.

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. 

It is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund, which enables people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.

Community Climate Grants are delivered in partnership with Climate Action Fife. 

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.  

It is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund, which enables people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. 

Key Funding Websites and Sources


The National Lottery provides funding for voluntary or community groups with a written constitution as well as those with charitable status. For funds up to £10k to benefit communities

TNL Community Fund


Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) maintain a free online funding search engine at Funding Scotland, with some information restricted to members only.



Foundation Scotland have a diverse range of funding programmes waiting to benefit communities across Scotland. With donors representing a broad spectrum of aims and wishes, the funds available range in size, intent and purpose.

Foundation Scotland


Greenspace Scotland focus on funding sources for greenspaces. Find out more here.

Greenspace Scotland


Fife Council has teamed up with SCVO’s Funding Scotland to provide a free local, online funding search for your charity, community group or social enterprise. 

Fife Funding Search


A list of all community funds supported by Fife Council.

Fife Grants


Crouwdfunder and Fife Council have teamed up to support non-for-profit community groups and organisations in Fife

Crowd Funder X Fife Council


Facebook  page run by the council sharing the latest funding.

Fife Funding Community


you can arrange a 1 hour visit to a Fife Voluntary Action Office and we’ll work with you on searching the funding database.



The Community Engagement Platform   is a platform to match business support with grants of £500 – £10,000 for community and non-profit organisations

Action Funder


Funding For Businesses, Local Community Projects & Charities online subscription service to search for funding from European and UK government sources, local authorities, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors.

Grant Finder


A subscription-based grants and funding service with a search tool, daily updates to a grants database and a monthly e-Newsletter.

Grants Online


A UK-based network of foundations, family offices and individual donors supporting environmental causes. Its aim is to increase the amount of financial support for environmental causes and to improve its overall effectiveness

Green Funders


Scroll down or search for funding update for pdf of latest funding opportunities.


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Climate Conversation Guide Cover Climate Conversation Guide A comprehensive guide to engaging in meaningful climate conversations. Download PDF
Talking Climate Handbook Cover Talking Climate Handbook Strategies for everyday climate change discussions. Download PDF
Community Climate Action Toolkit Cover Community Climate Action Toolkit Tools and tips for community-led climate initiatives. Download PDF
Reduce Waste Guide Cover How to… help your community to reduce waste Guidance on waste reduction for communities. Download PDF
Shifting Normal Guide Cover Shifting Normal full guide Insights into driving change for normalising sustainable practices. Download PDF
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Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN)
Energy Saving Trust
Home Energy Scotland
Climate Action Fife
Greener Kirkcaldy
Circular Communities Scotland
Adaptation Scotland
Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland
Zero Waste Scotland
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Climate Outreach
Carbon Literacy Project
Transition University of St Andrews
Highlands and Islands Climate Hub
Fife Coast and Countryside trust
Greenspace Scotland
Development Trust Association Scotland DTAS
Community Land Scotland
Carbon Almanac
Talking climate
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Organisations that may help you on your journey:

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
Circular Communities Scotland Funding advice, member events, policy updates, representation in network
Energy Action Scotland Two discounted training course places per year - City and Guilds Energy Awareness Training
SURF: Scotland's Regeneration Forum Networking, contribute to policy consultations, free SURF Conference, priority access to events, access to policy journal and reports
Nourish Scotland Welcome pack including printed Food Atlas, part of a network, discounts / free entry at events, members Facebook group
Social Farms and Gardens Monthly online member meets, discounted training, access to grants and bursaries, advice from staff, newsletters, representation and policy influencing
Cycling Scotland Access to cycle training, support guidance and funding from Transport Scotland
Learning for Sustainability Scotland Take part in action groups, attend and vote at AGMs, networking events and seminars, access resources, advice, consultations and policy documents
Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) Annual conference, e-bulletin, networking events, Community Learning Exchange Fund, resources and tools, strategic planning support, trustee training, policy and funding updates, representation through a strong voice
Community Energy Scotland Members bulletins, partnership working and capacity building, representation at government level, members directory, events, free advertising for volunteer opportunities
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) Networking, communications, training and events, showcased in members map and directory, peer to peer networking, access to funding (e.g. Community Learning Exchange)
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
Pair of reports looking at barriers to walking and wheeling in Scotland. Common issues better-streets-key-issues.pdf nan
Place Standard Tool (PST), designed for considering a joined up, collaborative, and participative approach to climate action within a place. Place Standard with a Climate Lens | Sniffer nan
VOiCE is planning and recording software that assists individuals, organisations and partnerships to design and deliver effective community engagement. VOiCE nan
Adaptation Routemap is valuable for anyone who would like to Understand and address climate change impacts within your community now and in the future. Adaptation Scotland :: Community Climate Adaptation Routemap nan
52 Climate Actions. 52 of the most effective climate actions that can be taken by individuals and communities in the GlobalNorth. One for each week of the year. Actions | 52 Climate Actions nan
A simple guide to talking about climate change by Australian organisation Climate4Change. Climate Conversation guide.pdf - Google Drive nan
Impact is an estimator of a community’s carbon footprint that works for parishes wards, district councils and unitary authorities. Impact | Community carbon calculator nan
Stats and infographics explaining the urgency of change and how every degree counts 8 Things You Need to Know About the IPCC 1.5ËšC Report | World Resources Institute nan
Fife Benefits. Matching communities and good causes with businesses and procurement staff Fife Benefits - Procurement Support nan
Plastic Free Dunfermline’s guide on zero waste events. Plastic Free Event Guide - Plastic-Free Dunfermline nan
SCCAN offers groups a free fully fledged website hosted under the domain SCCAN spaces – get webspace free nan
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
SP=EED. Planning Aid Scotland’s’ guide and toolkit to more effective community engagement in the planning system. And offers help with Place Plans Resources - PAS nan
nan Community-led Plans - PAS nan
Growing Climate Confidence. Help to reduce emissions and engage their community. Their Scorecard will assess your progress to net zero. Growing Climate Confidence nan
Carbon Brief covers the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. nan
Climate Outreach. Explore their website. They have a range of tools for engaging the public on climate change. nan
The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place, based around 14 questions. nan
Community Map Scotland is a software project to help your community build a Local Place Plan. nan
ISM a multidisciplinary behaviour tool for designing effective policy interventions, originally developed in the context of sustainability challenges. Created by Andrew Darnton with colleagues at the University of Manchester, and launched by the Scottish Government in 2013. nan

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! 

Where you have come from before: Before joining the Fife Climate Hub team I worked within corporate learning and development. This is my first foray into the third sector!

Within my last role I designed and delivered learning interventions, many of which was in the area of sustainability. I have also in the past worked in communications and change management. In the last year I was a climate champion with Greener Kirkcaldy where I met many of the new people I now engage with on a regular basis.

One small change that I keep trying to make and would encourage others to make for a lower carbon Fife, is to think both big and small! The small changes (all the Rs!) add up, whether that be refusing to buy non-recyclable products, always remembering to take my reusable mug or water bottle everywhere, or repurposing that wooden pallet to build a flower bed – it all adds up towards reducing our carbon footprint.

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.