Stuart McMillan, the SNP candidate for Greenock & Inverclyde, has welcomed investment from the Climate Challenge Fund into the local area.
The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Aileen McLeod, announced on 23 March 2016 the award of £9.47 million for 116 community-led projects in the 22nd round of grants from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.
Inverclyde groups were successful in receiving over £300,000 for three local projects. This included:
- Food to Fork, a project run by Inverclyde Community Development Trust to engage young people in a community food growing journey from the garden fork to the dinner fork. In addition to reducing local carbon emissions through establishing two new growing spaces, trainees will learn about food growing and sustainable cooking through a series of workshops and special events. £102,969
- Connecting Food Growing Across the Inverclyde Community is a project run by Belville Community Garden Trust to cut local carbon emissions through growing local produce and will offer people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities the chance to learn new skills. The project will involve the construction of accessible community growing spaces made with recycled materials. Produce grown will be used to supply local cafes and the community foodbank. £149,848
- Recycle Upcycle is a project run by RIG Arts Ltd to cut local carbon emissions by reducing the amount of furniture, textiles and food going to landfill in Inverclyde. RIG Arts will engage with local schools – St Patrick’s Primary School, Whinhill Primary and Notre Dame High School – as well as hold community workshops in Broomhill to teach valuable reuse and recycling skills. £54,556
Stuart McMillan said:
“The Climate Challenge Fund makes a significant contribution to raising awareness of the dangers of climate change and assisting community groups take forward plans in their own local area.
“I would like to congratulate the three groups from Inverclyde in the successful bids. These projects will help to tackle climate change, reduce carbon emissions and help with recycling”.