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Climate Emergency Fund

As part of the Council's response to declaring a Climate Emergency in the borough a Climate Emergency Fund (CEF) has been established to support a range of low carbon projects in west Cheshire. This fund will support the ambition for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2045.

The first round of the £300,000 of capital funding available to bid for in 2020-21 is now closed.

Further funding will be released over the next three financial years up until 2024. Further details about the next round of funding will be added to this page and announced through the Climate Emergency enewsletter when applications open.

Successful applicants for first round of funding

The successful applicants include:

Community-led bids

  • Guilden Sutton Green Space Group
  • Passion for Learning
  • Chester Sustainability Centre
  • Chapter Mental Health
  • Farndon Parish Council

Council and Council company bids

  • Cheshire West and Chester Council: Regulatory Services - Electric Vehicle Charging Points
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council: One Public Estate Ellesmere Port
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council: Action Transport Theatre Whitby Hall Project
  • Qwest Services: Review of Corporate Site energy efficiency
  • Qwest Services: Review of Renewable energy generation on landfill sites
  • Qwest Services: Review of School energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.

Who is eligible to bid?

Eligible applicants include Council-run services, Council Companies, Town or Parish Councils, voluntary organisations, community groups, small charities or other not-for-profit-organisations.

How much can organisations bid for?

The minimum level of capital investment which will be considered for the CEF is £50,000 for Council-led bids and £20,000 for community-led bids. The Investment Team has not set a specific maximum investment for a single project beyond the available funding envelope set out in the guidance documents.

What we can fund

Projects that tackle the climate emergency by delivering quantifiable carbon benefits. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Renewable energy projects
  • Energy efficiency projects
  • Heat pump projects
  • Zero or low carbon transport
  • Waste reduction
  • Natural capital/natural environment projects.

The guidance documents provide full details of what will not be included.

How to apply

Applications for the first round of funding from the Climate Emergency Fund is now closed. We will announce when the second round of funding is open for applications in early 2021, with full guidance on the application process provided.

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