Community event and activity support fund


Over the year ahead of COP our vision for the Climate Fringe is to bring together events, actions, activities, training courses, exhibitions, and more, from civil society happening across Scotland. These activities are coming from across the whole breadth of the climate movement from small community groups to big established organisations, faith communities to youth organisations and are bringing in climate action, climate justice, nature, system change and bringing together multiple crises. 

We are focussing particularly on Climate Fringe Week 18-26th September and so this fund is focussed specifically on supporting events during this period.


The aim of this small fund is to get more people involved, across wider audiences and to channel the energies and desire for people to connect with the international Climate Talks into local awareness and action.  One of the things that we want to do is to expand from the ‘usual suspects’ delivering events and engagement and encourage events in diverse communities (socio-economically, ethnically and geographically).


At present, events/activities on the Climate Fringe are only online, but this fund will support both online activity, and activity in person, if and when that can happen.  We also want to encourage creative ways of engagement and collaboration that are outwith the usual type of event – just please give free rein to your imagination!      


The Fund:

We are inviting applications from grassroots and community groups in Scotland who wish to create an event/activity for Climate Fringe Week 18-26 September. We are particularly interested in helping groups in Glasgow, as host of COP, groups that have an inclusive approach to organising, and groups new to Climate specifically as a theme to mobilize around. There is more information about applying below. We hope that this funding has a low bar to access for informal and grassroots groups so if you need any help in applying please fill in the application as far as you can and note on the application that you would like some help.

To see the awardees of the first round of the funding please see here


This fund is open for applications between 14 May 2021 and 30 July 2021 with deadlines on:   30 May, 20 June and 30 July.


The funding for the Community activity and events fund comes from SCCS, The Ellerman Foundation and Arkbound  Foundation 

More Information and How to Apply:

Who is  the fund aimed at?

This money is to support community groups and smaller grassroots organisations in Scotland, especially connecting with new audiences. We anticipate it being used for activities that spread awareness, build capacity, help people to take action, and that contribute to building and growing the movement of climate activists (in the widest possible sense of that word). Our focus is on creating an inspiring and accessible range of events during Climate Fringe Week 18-26 September.

We are particularly interested in applications from the following but we are encouraging anyone who needs some funding to help then create an event for Climate fringe Week to apply: 

  • Groups and communities in Glasgow aiming at engaging local people  
  • Events that link Climate with other campaigns such as disability rights, land rights/language, poverty and social justice, the nature crisis, racial justice, LBGTQ+  
  • Groups in outlying areas of Scotland, where they will have less access to take part in COP-related activities in Glasgow.  
  • Groups who havent done anything on climate before and are interested in starting out – for example community groups, parent-teacher associations, craft groups, faith groups, housing associations etc.

Does the group need to be officially constituted to apply to this money? 

No – this is aimed especially at groups who may find it hard to get funding from official sources and you do not need to be constituted, you just need a plan of what you want to spend it on, a budget, and be able to report back on what you have done.

Does the group need a bank account to apply for this money?

No – Because this pot is set up that we pay agreed expenses you don’t need a bank account to receive the money. For example, if we have agreed to pay for the use of a community hall, or a trainer, or rental of some equipment, we will pay that invoice directly.

What can we use the money for? 

Climate Fringe Week is  is a platform for sharing events, actions, activities, training courses, exhibitions and anything else that is going on in the climate movement in the run up to COP. We would be really interested to hear from groups that want to communicate with and involve their communities in the issue of climate and COP in ways that work for them, these don’t have to be a traditional event – we would love to help creative ideas happen too, for example creating an artwork together, or a resource, holding an exhibition or a training course.  

How much can we apply for?

We can cover between £100 and £500 of expenses towards an activity/event. We anticipate funding between 25 and 50 events for Climate fringe Week

How will you select proposals to fund?

We will look at the following criteria

  • Is the money going to support a community level/grass roots group? We will prioritise smaller groups who find it hard to access to other sources of funding.
  • Is the event within the prioritiy areas outlined?  
  • Would being part of the climate fringe benefit your work and help magnify the effectiveness of your plans?
  • Value for money

What if we get the funding?

  • You should send the agreed invoices to for us to pay.
  • We will send you the climate fringe logo to put on your publicity/information about the event.
  • We will put information about your event on the Climate Fringe website and publicise on social media if appropriate – if it is for a very specific audience we will make that clear.  
  • After the event please send a short report (200-400 words) including number of participants and any particular highlights or feedback received.


How do we apply?

Please answer some questions about your event/activity by clicking the button below– the questions are also detailed underneath.

Please get us your application by the deadlines of 30 May, 20 June or 30 July




Questions from the Application Form

Name of your group/organisation

Contact details – email, phone, address, website if applicable

Summary of the event/activity you plan to do

What do you hope this will achieve linked to climate and/or COP?

What costs do you need help with from the SCCS funding?

Do you have exact quotes for the costs – if so add them here

How would your activity benefit from connection with the climate fringe – eg inclusion in our events programme (e.g. to publicise what you are doing, to highlight your organisation as a blog or on a podcast, to use the website to disseminate what you are doing.)

Does your work link to any of our priority areas/audiences?