Council announces new Climate and Nature Partnership Fund

Westmorland and Furness Council has launched a new grant fund of £500,000 to support local partnerships to tackle climate change, support nature recovery and ensure a fair transition to a low carbon future for our communities.

The Climate and Nature Partnership Fund is designed to support partnerships in delivering their ongoing work to tackle climate change and recover nature, working together to take action on:

  • Mobilising action within the community for climate change and nature enhancement
  • Tackling climate change
  • Enhancing biodiversity
  • Restoring natural habitats
  • Improving water quality
  • Promoting community engagement and participation in environmental and sustainability projects

The Council has an ambition to provide leadership on climate change and in local nature recovery, working to ensure that the council is carbon net zero as soon as possible and that the area it serves is carbon net zero by 2037.

This scheme is one of 14 projects representing £5m of priority investments for Westmorland and Furness agreed by the Council’s Cabinet.

The projects reflect the new council’s key priorities for the area, including funding for local areas, biodiversity and nature, sustainable transport, social care, children, culture and education.

Councillor Giles Archibald, Cabinet Member for Climate and Biodiversity, said:

“As a council we are fortunate to have many partners working to tackle the climate and nature emergencies and are committed to working collaboratively with them to deliver shared outcomes and ambition. This new Climate and Nature Partnership grant fund will help to support them to deliver on our collective environmental priorities.

“The funding is vital to accelerating action to tackle our climate and biodiversity emergencies; promoting and enhancing our natural environments, reducing water and air pollution, as well as improving the health and wellbeing of the residents of Westmorland and Furness.”

The grant fund is open to partnerships taking action in climate and biodiversity. To find out more and apply, visit our website.

The closing date for applications is Monday 11 September 2023.

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