Bedford Borough Council Helping Communities Reduce Carbon Emissions

The Fund will provide 50% match funding for community projects

The Bedford Borough Council (BBC) Mayor’s Climate Change Fund is now open. Community groups, charities, schools, parish councils and others are invited to apply for grant funding.

The Fund will provide 50% match funding from £5,000 up to £20,000 for community projects that will contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions within Bedford Borough.

It has previously helped deliver a variety of projects across 40 different sites, supporting communities to reduce their carbon emissions. Including schools, village halls, community centre, churches, and a theatre.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

“The Climate Change Fund has helped and will continue to help communities across the Borough reduce their carbon emissions. As a Council, we have stepped up to reduce our own carbon emissions over recent years and we are well on the way to net zero carbon by 2030. This Fund will help others to reduce their carbon too.

“I would encourage schools, community groups, parish councils, and any not-for-profit organisations to have a look, and see if we can help you save energy, save money, and help tackle climate change.”

Council has declared a climate emergency

BBC says that it has been proactive in doing its part to tackle climate change, claiming that it has reduced its own carbon emissions by 62% since 2010. It has declared a Climate Emergency and has pledged to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Carbon cutting measures include purchasing electricity which is generated in a renewable way (‘green electricity’), and to buy electric vehicles when buying new vehicles under 3.5tonnes.

The Council has also signed the ‘National Plastic Free Pledge’ and is working to become single-use plastic free by the end of this year.

The Climate Change Fund applications are welcome from voluntary and community groups, tenants’ associations, residents’ associations, not-for-profit organisations, registered charities, academies, public sector organisations including schools and Parish Councils, and social enterprises.

Projects that will be considered for funding include (but not limited to):

  • Loft and cavity wall insulation,
  • Upgrading of heating systems,
  • Boiler replacements,
  • Secondary or triple glazing,
  • Lighting upgrades

Organisations can also apply for match funding to complete energy surveys to help identify the best carbon reduction measures for their building.

More information can be found on the Council’s website or by emailing climatechangefund@bedford.gov.uk.