Climate change advice for community groups

Community groups are well placed to drive positive change at a local level. Here are some useful resources, networks, and grants to for environmental groups.

Networks and Support

BVSC Environment and Energy Network - A network for climate change related community groups which meets monthly via teams. BVSC provide a useful breakdown of recent environmental policy and links to relevant consultations, whilst highlighting grant opportunities, hosting guest speakers, and providing an opportunity for networking between community groups.

WMCA Greener Together Forum - A forum that meets quarterly to discuss environmental topics agreed by the WMCA and participants. Features a range of speakers from the WMCA, local groups, and businesses to discuss topic and produce actions. Meetings are online and in person and rotate through the WMCA regions.

Grants and Funding

Birmingham City Council Supplier Skills Programme - A council funded programme which will fund 50% of training costs for courses up to a value of £50,000 with no minimum limits. The courses need to have a certificate and be finished by December 2023 to qualify. Funding can be used for retrofit training courses, PV installation, and other related skills.

WMCA Community Grant - The WMCA Community Green Grant is a fund projects that improve access to green space, connect people to nature, and improve local environments. Funding between £3000 and £100,000 is available and grants are allocated on a rolling basis with no current deadline.

Community Funding for Birmingham - A database of grant and funding opportunities for community groups provided by BVSC. Funding opportunities relevant to climate change causes are also highlight during BVSC's Environment and Energy monthly meetings.

Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme - grants of £20,000 and above available to fund up to 100 per cent of the project cost and can cover revenue and capital measures. The funding is available for projects which can demonstrate “measurable and lasting reductions in the carbon intensity of energy end use and accelerate the transition to Net Zero CO2”. Available to Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies, Co-operative Societies and Community Benefit Societies.

Page last updated: 17 November 2022

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