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£6 million in National Lottery funding goes to support UK communities to tackle climate change by reducing waste

Over £6 million has been awarded to communities across the UK to tackle the climate emergency. The funding, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, has gone to 21 community-led projects focused on waste and consumption, including Groundwork South and North Tyneside.

The grants come from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. They include £150,000 to Circular Fashion Economy, in Norwich, to expand its successful clothing-swap shop concept across Norfolk, and £150,000 to Groundwork South and North Tyneside to create a ‘repair and reuse’ culture within the local community. Communities’ Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in Edinburgh is also benefitting from £150,000 in National Lottery funding – enabling it to support local people to reduce their waste and consumption habits while diverting items from landfill.

This new community funding comes as recent National Lottery research* found that four in five adults in the UK (79%) think local communities are responsible for taking action on climate change. The research also found that half (54%) of people are worried about the impact of climate on their local community.

David Knott, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We know communities have a big role to play in responding to the climate emergency. That’s why, thanks to National Lottery players, we are pleased to be supporting community-led action to address waste and consumption. These projects will bring people together to create a lower waste society, that will not only help us get to net zero, but also support communities to prosper and thrive.”

Groundwork South and North Tyneside, Tyneside
Almost £150,000 in National Lottery funding will support Groundwork South and North Tyneside to introduce a new bulky waste service, including a pre-loved retail outlet and restoration skills workshops, created in partnership with South Tyneside Council. The group hopes to create a ‘circular economy’ – extending the lifecycle of items and appliances such as fridges by reusing, repairing, and recycling products for as long as possible.

Alene Lee, Business and Funding Manager at Groundwork South and North Tyneside, said: “As a society, we are quick to look for new items, particularly when it comes to needing new furniture and household items. However, with this new funding, thanks to National Lottery players, we can develop our pre-used household furniture outlet and encourage people to reuse and repair items.”

The 21 awards have been funded through The National Lottery-funded Climate Action Fund (CAF) – a £100 million fund that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of communities and support community-led movements that demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. This is the second round of funding through CAF, which previously awarded 23 grants in 2020.

Most of the funding announced today is for emerging ideas to engage different communities and to test new approaches. The National Lottery Community Fund will continue to learn from this funding to help shape what happens next with the Climate Action Fund and will explore and reflect on the ways people and communities are taking climate action throughout the programme.

Thanks to National Lottery players, since 2016, we have awarded £397 million through more than 6,000 grants which involve environmental action, including action on waste and consumption, energy, transport, food, and the natural environment. National Lottery players raise £30 million each week across the UK for good causes.

To find out more visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk