Question ref. S6W-02278
Asked by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 16 August 2021
To ask the Scottish Government what funding will replace the Climate Challenge Fund, and how it will be delivered in a way that responds to the review of the fund in spring 2019.
Current status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 10 September 2021
Key to the spring 2019 review was that projects should continue to be designed at a grass roots level but that a more strategic approach to funding was needed to deliver lasting behavioural change.
We are providing a vehicle for communities to come together and engage in collective climate action through the development of a network of regional climate action hubs and climate action towns. These initiatives will empower communities to identify the actions that are most appropriate to their needs.
They will address the findings of the review by developing an integrated network of support that can build capacity for climate action across all communities. They will provide tools and resources to support community-led groups to take action commensurate with our climate commitments and allow for a wide r exchange of knowledge and best practice.
We are also taking steps to better integrate climate objectives into wider SG community initiatives to promote the mainstreaming of climate action, deliver increased value for money and ensure funding delivers on both climate and wider policy outcomes .