Bristol Climate Action Fund – call for Community Partner proposals by 13 February 2020

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28 January, 2020

Bristol Climate Action Fund – call for Community Partner expressions of interest by 13 February 2020

In late 2019 the National Lottery Community Fund launched a major new ‘Climate Action Fund’ to support communities across the UK to take action and demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. Under the leadership of Bristol Green Capital Partnership, a number of organisations including Bristol City Council have come together to help shape a collaborative bid for Bristol.

In December we invited a range of local community organisations to an initial workshop about Bristol's proposal to the Climate Action Fund. This week the Lottery invited Bristol through to the second round of the process along with around 40 other areas. They expect to fund 15 applications in this round of the Fund.

What's the opportunity?

Bristol's bid will include up to five Community Partners, each serving a specific geographic community, or community of interest or identity. If we are successful in our bid, during the course of the 5 year programme each Community Partner will co-produce with stakeholders an ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions generated by housing, transport, food, energy, waste, etc., increase biodiversity and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Each plan will be inclusive, equitable, evidence-based and led by local people. Community Partners will be supported by technical specialists, civic stakeholders and benefit from the research produced for the city's Climate Strategy for 2030 – and potentially contribute to subsequent action planning work.

What does Bristol need from Community Partner organisations?

Community Partners need to be advocates for and work in partnership with other groups that serve their community (geographic or of interest or identity). They don't need to be climate or environmental experts – indeed it may even help if some aren’t - but they need to be committed to understanding and leading climate action through community co-production. They need to help people likely to be impacted most by climate change to create radical new approaches to making the city more sustainable and equitable.

Community partners need to commit to supporting the bid development process, joining the existing Bid Development Team and other environmental organisations to shape our approach, targets and budgets for the bid. This will include workshops provisionally scheduled as follows:

  • 21 February 2pm – 5pm
  • Late February
  • March

What are the next steps?

Download all the relevant documents below.

Organisations wishing to be Community Partners should submit their expression of interest:

Documents to download: