Today The National Lottery Community Fund announced nearly £300,000 has been awarded to communities in Wales to tackle climate change, thanks to National Lottery players.
29 groups across Wales have been awarded grants totalling £295,952 from The National Lottery Community Fund to make small improvements in their communities to tackle the climate emergency and Renew Wales was one of the supporting partners.
The grants are part of a pilot in Wales to support existing National Lottery projects to take action in their communities to tackle the climate emergency. The work that will be undertaken by communities through the pilot will influence how The Fund works more broadly across the UK in the future.
Last year The National Lottery Community Fund announced that it is committing £100 million over 10 years to support communities across the UK to tackle climate change.
The grants have been made possible thanks to National Lottery players’ ticket purchases.
Community groups received support from Renew Wales and Sustainable Communities Wales to identify what climate change action they should take and what positive impact this could have. Renew Wales is a programme which helps communities in Wales reduce their carbon footprint, adapt to the impacts of climate change and live more sustainably. Sustainable Communities Wales helps communities across the country tackle climate change by working with community organisations to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.
John Rose, Wales Director of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “People understand the impact that climate change is having on our communities. The Climate Change Top-Up pilot is part of our commitment to support people and communities to make the small changes where they live to take action against climate change.
“As the largest funder of community activity in the UK we know that local action does not only help to protect the environment, but also offers plenty of other benefits for people and communities. That’s why it’s fantastic to see them thrive thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.”