The Scottish Government – Climate Engagement Fund

Published: April 29, 2024


The Climate Engagement Fund aims to build understanding of the climate emergency across communities in Scotland, both geographic and communities of interest, by offering support for climate engagement activities.

The CEF can be used to:

  • Engage people and deepen their understanding of the climate emergency and the action that society needs to take to reach net zero, thus delivering on the ‘understand’ objective of the Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change

Examples of activities that can be funded include:

  • Public events/lectures
  • Climate festivals
  • Climate conversations
  • Learning and development (e.g. carbon/climate training, climate coaching)
  • Skills workshops
  • Exhibitions/art installations
  • Participatory arts
  • Youth development programmes
  • Staff costs linked to delivery of the project

Bids can include new activity or uplifts to existing activity (one-off or ongoing).

Fund award sizes

Minimum: £25,000

Maximum: £80,000

Annually awarded:£250,000

Who can apply

Eligible applicant organisations must be ‘trusted messengers’. A trusted messenger has existing links to their audiences and includes community or voluntary groups, education institutions, culture institutions, faith groups and more.


  • Climate actions (e.g. installing solar panels, a community developing a community garden), although they could fund engagement activity around an action or encouraging this action
  • Core funding
  • Capital funding
  • Political activity
  • Organisational self-promotion/greenwashing
  • National communications campaign (the Scottish Government is already doing this)

How To Apply 

Download an application form from the Government website and e-mail to the address provided. 

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Tuesday 07 May 2024.

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