Dundee Climate Fund successful projects

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A TOTAL of 12 local projects are set to benefit from a share of around £385,000 after voting closed in the first round of the Dundee Climate Fund.

After more than seven weeks and 4376 votes, the people of the city have decided how to spend the fund that will help grow local community projects acting on climate change, reducing carbon emissions and engaging communities.

Initially 29 applications were subjected to a feasibility review process using criteria outlined in the Dundee Climate Fund, and an expert panel put forward 23 projects to the public vote.

John Alexander leader of Dundee City Council said: "It has been great to see how enthusiastically people have engaged with this process, not just the groups who submitted their ideas, but also everyone who took the time to express their preferences.

“I am sure that the eyes of many other local authorities and public bodies have been on us as we deliver Scotland’s first council-led green participatory budgeting initiative, and they cannot fail to be impressed by what they have seen.

“Now two dozen feasible, innovative and exciting schemes will be delivered at grass roots level in Dundee to help tackle the climate emergency and get us to our target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 or sooner."

Dundee declared a climate emergency in June 2019 to recognise the serious environmental, social and economic challenges faced by climate change, and launched the Dundee Climate Action Plan with the backing of local companies and organisations.

The new fund will run for four years with a total of £750,000 divided over two funding rounds designed to raise awareness of climate change while supporting communities to identify and vote on local projects aimed at delivering on the following themes:

  • energy - reducing consumption, promoting energy efficiency, use of renewables;
  • transport - encouraging active travel, decarbonising transport;
  • waste - reducing waste, recycling, reusing resources;
  • resilience - improving greenspaces, biodiversity, local food growing; and
  • raising awareness (building capacity) - increasing awareness, engaging communities and young people in climate change.

Applications were made by both small projects (between £6000 and £25,000) and large projects (up to a maximum of £100,0000) from Dundee-based not-for-profit, constituted groups.

The full list of successful projects and their funding allocation is as follows:

  • Backyard Botanicals haven for pollinators - £9,875;
  • Campy Growers food for the future - £57,707;
  • Douglas Food Cupboard energy saving support - £6,049;
  • Dundee Bairns, electric van for food and clothes delivery - £20,481;
  • Dundee Heritage Trust Green Verdant Works - £87,526;
  • Fairmuir Community Green - £12,000;
  • Heart Space Yoga & Bodyworks Fit for the Future - £50,000;
  • Scottish Association for Mental Health Duntrune Community Garden SAMH growing chrysalis - £20,725;
  • St Fergus Parent Council Climate Heroes Project - £16,142;
  • The Maxwell Centre Maxwell Grows Dundee- £42,704;
  • Transition Dundee Reducing Food Waste in Dundee - £48,857; and
  • Wellbeing Works Community Toolbox - £13,000.
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