Cumbria’s bid for £2.5 million of National Lottery funding to cut carbon emissions in the county has been successful, it was announced today. CAfS is one of nearly 70 organisations from many walks of life in Cumbria that came together to submit the bid to the National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The award to the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership will fund a five-year programme of action aiming to make Cumbria the first carbon-neutral county in the UK, in a way that benefits communities and is led by them. “This is incredible news for Cumbria and we’re delighted to have developed this successful bid on behalf of the partnership!” said Karen Mitchell, chief executive of CAfS, which co-chairs the partnership. “The grant brings a significant investment into the county just when we need it most, as we begin to rebuild after the Coronavirus pandemic. It will create 12 green jobs and will see a whole range of activities led by communities that will make them more sustainable, stronger and more resilient for the future.” An ambitious programme will begin in January 2021 led by the partnership, which spans the public, private and third sectors, including community groups, councils, the NHS, police, national parks, businesses and the farming community, among others. “This community-led programme will tackle some of the main sources of carbon emissions in our county, with a particular focus on food, energy generation and the goods we buy. Thanks to this funding, we can make the shift towards a zero-carbon Cumbria at the urgent pace required by the climate crisis,” Karen said. The programme will also build strong working relationships among a wide range of organisations across the county, raising their ambition to tackle climate change and sharing learning and resources. The voice of local people will be at the heart of it.
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A range of green projects geared at galvanising community climate action around the UK have been awarded a share of £14m announced by the National Lottery today. The 14 sustainability projects to have secured funding, which marks the first portion awarded through National Lottery’s £100m Climate Action Fund, include local food, farming, transport, domestic energy use, waste reduction, the natural environment and behaviour change initiatives. The funding includes six large-scale partnership grants if between £1.3m and £2.5m in size, and eight development grants geared at “emergent ideas and projects” that range from £197,000 to £373,000, National Lottery said. Organisations securing support for initiatives include Wildlife Trusts of Wales, Cumbria Action for Sustainability, Middlesbrough Environment Trust, and the Women’s Environmental Network Trust.
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