Renfrewshire Council

Applications for this fund closed in March 2022. You can find out and apply for the Sustainable Communities Fund instead.

Community Climate Fund

What is the Community Climate Fund is, projects we have funded.

What is the Community Climate Fund is

Our Community Climate Fund awarded grants of up to £3,000 to community organisations to develop localised, green projects and initiatives tailored to their communities' needs.

Its purpose is to support community organisations whose initiatives align with the Council's drive to net zero and to make our communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Funding was available for projects like:

  • costs associated with new models of land use which improve quality, dignity, or sustainability, such as community gardens or edible borders providing fresh fruit and vegetables, tree planting, and bird boxes and feeders
  • costs associated with recruiting and retaining volunteers, or relevant training for volunteers, such as local energy advisors, food growing advisors, free bike repair, community hire stations for tools, repair hubs and workshops, led walks or bike rides, and cycling proficiency training
  • costs associated with premises, such as venue hire for community climate events
  • costs associated with equipment to enable services, such as tools for hire stations, bike repair essentials and other repair equipment, and refrigeration for community kitchens
  • costs associated with engaging and consulting the local community to inform projects and initiatives, including assistance with the Asset Transfer through the Community Empowerment Act
  • provision of support alongside local food growing advice, such as supply of planters and appropriate seeds and plantings.

Applications for this fund closed on 14 March 2022.

Projects we have funded

The Tannahill Centre (£2,953)

Climate Cooking Challenge

  • Reduce food waste by sharing techniques and skills to make the most of raw food, leftovers and surplus food
  • Reduce energy consumption through more efficient preparation of food
  • Produce non-electric slow cookers using recycled household materials

Lochwinnoch Sustainable Community Garden (£1,000)

Rewilding Lochwinnoch

  • Improve biodiversity in the area by sowing wildflower seeds
  • Interactive project aimed to be accessible for all

24th Paisley Boys Brigade (£3,000)

Climate Challenge 2022

  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Learning how to grow food through a community garden
  • Turning over church lawns to wildflower meadows

Kirklandneuk PS Parent Council (£3,000)

'Mon the Weans, Mon the Bees, Mon the Community'

  • Outdoor space for pupils to be creative
  • Used for community food growing and preparation
  • Biodiversity area in the school grounds

Own Yer Bike (£3,000)

Volunteer Training/Parts for repairs

  • Put five volunteers through cycle mechanics course to allow them to teach young people how to fix and maintain their bikes
  • Purchase of parts to repair bikes for free to support active travel

Friends of Howwood Park (£2,840.60)

Howwood Park Pavilion Renovation

  • Renovate the pavilion in an environmentally friendly manner
  • Insulation and low energy electrical fittings
  • Minimise energy demand and maximise efficiency

Langbank Parent Partnership (£3,000)

All the flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today

  • Establish the garden as an extension to the outdoor classroom
  • Growing ground for fruits, vegetables and herbs

The Good Shepherd Centre (£2,855)

Community Garden

  • 'Fork to fork' approach
  • Follows GSC's Young People's Climate Change Agenda
  • In partnership with Duke of Edinburgh Award, GSC School and Wellbeing teams
  • Improve horticultural skills

Local Energy Action Plan (£3,000)

  • Diggin' It Together
  • Food growing initiative for people in their own homes
  • Reduce carbon emissions, promote mindfulness, tackle food insecurity, promote sense of wellbeing, opportunity to bring people together at community events

Renfrewshire Rainbow Buddies (£2,220)

Little and Large Explorers

  • Renovate Johnstone Castle Community Centre's garden
  • Provide active travel equipment
  • Learn new skills, such as planting, making flower beds, food hygiene

Ferguslie Cricket Club (£2,000)

Climate Change projects

  • Install LED lighting
  • Creation of a small garden for biodiversity

Ferguslie Community Development Trust (£2,871)

Sunshine on Ferguslie (schools project)

  • Improvements to front gardens to encourage interest in nature
  • Learn new gardening skills
  • Create planters and bird boxes
  • Community gardening clubs

Mossvale Community Church (£2,510)

Sewing2gether All Nations - Repair Make Do & Mend

  • Sewing workshops for members of the refugee and asylum seeker community
  • Create Make Do & Mend videos
  • Produce a Mending Skills toolkit

Williamsburgh Parent Council (£2,897.22)

Getting Williamsburgh Growing

  • Support children to grow their own food

Renfrew YMCA SCIO (£3,000)

Make Renfrew Green

  • Implement up-cycling into the organisation
  • Teach young people about up-cycling and the effect of 'fast-fashion'
  • Host an eco-friendly fashion show

Bonnie Bishopton (£3,000)

Community Gardens at the Community Centre

  • Regenerate neglected land
  • Create a community garden for health and wellbeing

Finding Your Feet (FYF) (£3,000)

  • Turn an area of disused land into a garden and play area
  • Sensory garden, outdoor children's accessible play area, nature walks, bee keeping and gardening

Sculpture House Collective (£2,985.60) 

Community Dye Garden

  • Green spaces used to grow plants and trees that can be used for dying and printing textiles
  • Expand to satellite locations in Ferguslie Park area
  • Engage and educate the local community
  • Improve biodiversity

If you have any questions about the funding or projects, contact