£1m Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund OPEN for applications from 1 October

A pot of £1 million is now available to help local communities become carbon neutral and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change in Somerset.

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill announced in February 2020 that £1 million would be made available for city, town and parish councils to support local communities.

From 1 October, city, town and parish councils across Somerset are invited to bid for between £5,000 and £75,000 for innovative projects that can make a real difference in reducing carbon emissions and can contribute to making Somerset resilient to the effects of Climate Change.

Councillor Fothergill said: “This is a great opportunity for city, town and parish councils to support their own communities to get involved in reducing carbon emissions.  Somerset is working towards being carbon neutral by 2030 and if we are to reach this target, then everyone has an important part to play.’

Councillor Clare Paul, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health & Well-Being and Climate Change, added: “We are looking forward to seeing proposals for interesting and innovative projects that can have real impact and make this £1million go as far as possible.”

For information about the Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund scheme, eligibility criteria and application process, visit www.somerset.gov.uk/climate-emergency. Please note that all applications must be submitted by your parish, town or city council or local member if you are in an unparished area, so if you’ve got a great idea for what your local council might do, get in touch with them now.

Full details of the Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund scheme can be viewed online from 1 September and from 1 October applications can be made via the website www.somerset.gov.uk/climate-emergency