Stockport Climate Action Now (CAN) fund

1. About the fund

We're committed to tackling climate change to create a greener future for everyone. Globally, the key to tackling climate change is to reduce levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Locally, there are also many other benefits for health and wellbeing.

We’re introducing the Stockport Climate Action Now (CAN) fund to support residents, communities and schools to take action. You can apply for up to £500 if you have a proposal to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There are lots of activities that impact greenhouse gases that the CAN funding could support, such as:

  • reducing energy use
  • local and seasonal food growing or cooking
  • reducing waste, reusing and repairing
  • improving the local environment through planting
  • encouraging or enabling sustainable travel
  • raising awareness and education around climate change

Your local councillor will review your application. Funding applications will close when all the money has been spent for each ward. You can visit our democracy web page to find your ward. You'll need to enter the postcode of where the proposal will take place.

Proposals that could be funded

We're funding proposals that will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit people in Stockport. Your proposal should reflect what climate action means to you and what matters to your community.

Reducing energy use

If buildings are energy efficient, it can help to reduce the amount of gases that are released. It can also help to save money on energy bills.

Proposals could include:

  • making an energy pledge
  • encouraging behaviour change
  • draught proofing
  • purchasing energy-saving devices for a school, community centre or place of worship

Food 

Growing and cooking local, seasonal food can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases used, as well as promoting healthy lifestyles.

Proposals could include:

  • purchasing equipment and tools that enable cooking and food storage
  • running workshops
  • creating a digital recipe book for the local community

Reducing waste, reusing and repairing

By reusing the things we buy and repairing them when they break, we can:

  • prevent pollution by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions used to make new products
  • reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill
  • save money

Proposals could include:

  • seed-funding to set up a repair café
  • purchasing equipment and tools that enable repairs
  • running workshops

Local environment 

Plants pull carbon dioxide out of the air, so planting trees, and conserving our natural environment where carbon is held in plants and soils, helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Proposals could include purchasing tools and plants or delivering an education session.

Your proposal will not be eligible if:

  • it includes planting on public land
  • you need to modify public or private company property

Your proposal may be eligible if:

  • it's on school grounds
  • it's on private land and you have written permission from the land owner

If your proposal includes running an event on public land you must apply for permission using our online form.

Transport 

Transport that uses petrol or diesel as fuel will release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and will cause air pollution. The more we walk, cycle and use public transport, the smaller our carbon footprints will be. 

Proposals in this area could include:

  • safety equipment to enable walking or cycling to school (such as high-vis jackets)
  • bike repair in the local community

Awareness and education 

Sharing knowledge with friends, family and the wider community could help to inspire others to take climate action and look after the planet.

Proposals in this area could include carbon literacy training or organising community events.


Some proposals may include activities that benefit the environment but do not directly impact on greenhouse gas emissions. An example of this would be litter picking. Litter picking is good for the local area, however it does not impact greenhouse gas emissions.

You do not need to be an expert in any of these areas to apply, but you should talk about how your proposals involve climate action within your application.

If you would like support with your application you can email stockportCANfund@stockport.gov.uk.