Funding for community projects launched at Stockport’s first Climate Action Now Summit

The Stockport Climate Action Now (CAN) fund will support residents, communities and schools to take action.

In a bid to tackle climate change and create a greener future for everyone, Stockport Council has launched the Stockport Climate Action Now (CAN) fund to support residents, communities and schools to take action.

Launched at Stockport’s first virtual Climate Action Now Summit (Tuesday 9th November), applications are now open for small projects that will allow residents to work together to make positive changes. The funding will see grants of typically between £100 – £500 for projects that impact greenhouse gas emissions.

To apply, groups of residents must demonstrate how their proposal impacts greenhouse gas emissions in Stockport and how people will benefit. Examples of projects that could be eligible are: reducing energy use, local and seasonal food growing and planting, reducing waste, reusing and repairing, or promoting action and education around climate change.

Cllr Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport, said: “The world watched leaders from across the globe congregate in Glasgow for CO26 to discuss the very real and serious issue of climate change.

“We cannot underestimate the seriousness of the current situation but there is much we can do locally, in Stockport, that will have a lasting impact on the environment. We would really love to hear your ideas, and this funding will go some way in allowing residents to get together to make this happen.

“The CAN Summit showcased the fantastic work of residents, communities, schools and businesses that is already taking place in Stockport. It was great to hear from so many passionate people who all shared a common goal of making positive changes to protect ourselves and future generations. Launching this fund will help continue this momentum and enable more people to take climate action.”

During the Summit, delegates heard from young people across the borough who spoke with passion about what actions they would like to see happening to tackle climate change. Alongside this, the council reiterated their commitment to the climate action agenda and announced that the council will be signing the UK100 net zero pledge for its own operations.

More information and full details of eligibility and how to apply for funding can be found on the CAN website