Zero Carbon Communities Grant

Zero Carbon Communities Grant

Thank you for visiting our Zero Carbon Communities Grant Scheme page.

The Zero Carbon Communities Grant Scheme supports communities in South Cambridgeshire to take action on climate change at a very local level.

The grant is now closed to applicants.

Applications were invited for projects under the 3 themes:

  1. Community buildings
  2. Tree Planting/Nature
  3. Other projects which reduce carbon emissions

We encouraged South Cambridgeshire communities of all sizes and levels of experience to apply for these grants and bid for a share of £100,000. 

The deadline for applications to be received by the Council was 5pm on Friday 30 July 2021.

Yes, Church buildings are eligible, provided they are used to provide a benefit to the Community. Please refer to our criteria and guidance paying particular attention to the stated objectives. Project proposals will be scored and prioritised for funding based on how well the answers to the questions fulfil the objectives given for each theme.

Yes, this could be considered, although we would expect the costs of land to be very high and as such it would probably be better if the grant was to pay for planting, equipment and sundries.

Yes, although please be aware that any funding provided by the ZCC grant would mean you would not be eligible for Renewable Heat Incentive payments from the Government. For this reason, we would expect applicants to have considered other sources of funding, including borrowing (to be paid back by with the RHI payments), where possible. You would also need to demonstrate that a heat pump is the right technology for your community building, for example as detailed on an energy survey and that you have strong community engagement plans. For further information, please refer to our criteria and guidance paying particular attention to the stated objectives. Project proposals will be scored and prioritised for funding based on how well the answers to the questions fulfil the objectives given for each theme.

We would welcome applications for EV charge points providing you can demonstrate the need within your community and that the charge points would be accessible to the public. Please note, we do not have a specific theme for EV changepoints so you would need to submit a very strong application via our ‘Other’ category, again including your Community engagement plans and part funding details (if applicable).

Wider community engagement can still be achieved and does not necessarily need to involve just one community group. Perhaps you could arrange a meeting for your community e.g. give a presentation at a Parish Council meeting or at your local school. We are looking for value for money, so if you are requesting the maximum amount, we would expect a high level of Community engagement in order to score highly. For further information, please refer to our criteria and guidance paying particular attention to the stated objectives. Project proposals will be scored and prioritised for funding based on how well the answers to the questions fulfil the objectives given for each theme.

Where additional funding has been agreed you will stand a better chance with the grant, particularly if you are requesting the full £15k. If the additional funding expected does not materialise, there is a chance your project cannot be completed. For further information, please refer to our criteria and guidance paying particular attention to the stated objectives. Project proposals will be scored and prioritised for funding based on how well the answers to the questions fulfil the objectives given for each theme.

You can include the number and sizes of trees to be planted and a sketch of the planting plan. Information on carbon measurements can be found at  UK Woodland Carbon Code website.

The eligibility criteria states that you need to be fully constituted. This is relatively easy to do but if you know of a group willing to apply on your behalf, such as your Parish Council, this would be the best approach. For further information, please refer to our criteria and guidance which also details on how to become a constituted group.

You can read about the local projects we have already funded through the Zero Carbon Communities Grant scheme.

We held a workshop on 7 June 2021 for any parish council or community group interested in applying for 2021's Zero Carbon Communities grant, which included tips and advice on how to make a good application.

The hour long workshop included a look at the grant in more detail, expert advice from CCVS, an update from a local community funded project as well and a chance to listen to the Q&A session.

 Timestamps:

Cllr Pippa Heyling’s introduction: 00:00:00 – 00:08:06

The ZCC Grant, Emma Dyer: 00:08:06 – 00:22:08

Tips for making successful grant applications, Sally Page from CCVS: 00:22:21 – 00:35:34

Case Study, Gamlingay Eco Community Group, Sherryl Cousins: 00:35:45 – 00:41:30

Q&A: 00:41:58 – to the end

You can also refer to the presentations [PPTX, 6MB] when writing your application.

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