West Yorkshire Mayor’s Climate Community Grant Scheme now live

Article dated Tuesday Jul 25, 2023 at 02:21 PM

Communities will benefit from grants of up to £50,000 to deliver projects that help their area become greener and more resilient to climate change. 

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, has today launched the £1.7 million community grants scheme to help cut carbon emissions and make neighbourhoods across the region greener and healthier.  

Projects that could benefit from grants of up to £50,000 include those that protect nature, improve people’s wellbeing through walking and cycling, improve the energy efficiency of buildings, or support the production of renewable energy.

Each project must demonstrate that it has supported a disadvantaged community and a reduction in carbon emissions.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority will deliver the funding in partnership with the region’s five local authorities, who will issue the funds according to their local net zero priorities. 

The scheme, which is open to community and voluntary groups as well as social enterprises, will provide grants to projects to be delivered by December 2024.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire said: “We are determined to create a greener, fairer region in the face of the climate emergency and cost of living crisis.

 “That’s why we’re stepping in to help communities make that essential transition to net zero and become more resilient against the effects of climate change. 

 “As we work to deliver our mission of a net zero West Yorkshire by 2038, we need to make sure that no community is left behind.  

 “That is why we’re working with our partners and local people across the region to make positive, greener changes that will benefit all.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “This extra funding is very welcome in the Bradford District, and we hope it will inspire community groups to develop and realise some innovative projects to mitigate the effects of climate change and cut carbon emissions.  

 “We are also keen to see expressions of interest from underrepresented groups and projects from groups which have no other source of funding. It is only by working together across all our communities that we can achieve our goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2038.” 

Information about how the scheme will work in Bradford and how to apply is on the Bradford West Yorkshire Mayor’s Climate Community Grant Scheme webpage.

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