LOCAL groups working on projects which will improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and adapt to the effects of climate change can apply for funding of up to £10,000 from Cambridge City Council.
The Sustainable City Fund is now open for expressions of interest from voluntary and community groups looking to run projects that will reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainability in Cambridge from April 2019 to March 2020.
Grant applicants will need to show how their initiative will help the council deliver the objectives set out in its Climate Change Strategy 2016-21 which are to:
- Reduce energy consumption and emissions from homes and businesses in Cambridge;
- Support businesses to improve energy efficiency and increase waste reduction;
- Reduce emissions from transport by promoting sustainable transport and encouraging behaviour change;
- Reduce consumption of resources, increasing recycling and reducing waste;
- Support residents and businesses of Cambridge to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
During 2018-19, the Sustainable City Fund is supporting a variety of projects including:
- Events and energy saving workshops to raise awareness of how residents can improve the energy efficiency of their homes;
- Waste reduction workshops including repair cafes and a sustainable fashion festival;
- A project to help businesses to reduce their food waste;
- Composting workshops to help residents learn how to compost at home;
- An awareness raising event for small businesses to encourage the reduction in use of single-use plastic.
Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Environmental Services and City Centre, said: “Everyone in Cambridge can take action and play a part in reducing the city’s carbon emissions and tackling the effects of climate change.
“If your group has an idea for a project to address climate change which meets the fund’s criteria, now is the time to act. Get in touch with us to find out more, and the funding of up to £10,000 could help turn your plans into reality.
Expressions of interest need to be submitted by 21 January at 5pm.