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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 today [25 January] 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.

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.”

Circular Fashion Economy, Norwich
One of the projects to receive National Lottery funding is Circular Fashion Economy, in Norwich, which will use £150,000 to build on its successful clothing swap shop. The project, run by New-U Enterprises Ltd, will host clothes swap events across Norfolk, helping to reduce waste and make exchanging clothes and accessories more accessible and inclusive. It hopes to involve over 15,000 local people and put over 80,000 items of clothing back into circulation, avoiding landfill. The project will also run a local ‘Sustainable Conference’ to showcase how Norfolk residents, business, and charities can reduce waste.

Sue Buffon, CEO at Circular Fashion Economy, said: “Thanks to National Lottery funding, the Circular Fashion Economy Project will enable more people to reduce their textile waste. By encouraging the wider public to put used clothing back into circulation for something in return, we are offering an alternative shopping experience which gives everyone in the community an opportunity to contribute towards reducing the negative effects of climate change.”

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.”

Communities’ Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, Edinburgh
Based in Edinburgh, Communities’ Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – a partnership between Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council Limited (ELREC) and Networking Key Services (NKS) – today receives £150,000 to work with local ethnic minority communities, helping them to change their waste and consumption habits.

In a joint statement, Jean-Matthieu Gaunand (ELREC) & Naina Minhas (NKS), said: “We are delighted to have received National Lottery funding from the Climate Action Fund. We hope to encourage and support ethnic minority communities in Edinburgh to reduce waste, increase reusing and repairing, and shift to more sustainable consumption. Our two organisations will work together with local ethnic minority communities and deliver a range of activities including clothing repairs and alterations sessions, sewing classes, swap shop events, fashion shows, delivery of rescued food parcels to vulnerable families, leftover cookery sessions, upcycling and composting workshops, educational visits, and more!”

Today’s 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.

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Full list of 21 Climate Action Fund projects:

Lead organisation Project name Location Funding amount
Action West London Acton Market Partnership Waste and Consumption Reduction Project Acton and Ealing, London £157,484
North West Play Resource Centre Climate:Culture:Circularity Derry/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland £149,362
Groundwork South and North Tyneside Limited Bulky Waste Sustainability Hub - Repair and Reuse Solutions South Tyneside £149,964
New-U Enterprises Ltd Circular Fashion Economy Norfolk


LESS (Lancaster District) CIC and Lancaster District Community & Voluntary Solutions

Closing loops: stimulating a regenerative food economy in North Lancashire

Lancaster District £1,496,371
Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council Limited and Networking Key Services Limited Communities’ Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Edinburgh and Lothians £150,000
Incredible Surplus CIC Compost Culture Birmingham £165,000
The Restart Project Fixing Factories for youth learning, skills and waste prevention Camden and Brent, London £190,221
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Food Use Places Brighton £125,930
Canal & River Trust Homegrown Homespun Lancashire £142,700
Civic Ltd Library of Things in Cambridgeshire Peterborough £148,422
Incredible Edible Lambeth Make Compost Lambeth Lambeth, London £150,000
Daisy Chain Project Teesside Re-dress Climate Change Teesside £156,476
Resource Denbighshire CIC Resourceful North East Wales: Borrow, Share, Repair: Library of Things North East Wales £170,856
The Somers Town Community Association Somers Town Climate Action Market Camden, London £149,982
Cultivate Cornwall CIC TeX Innovation Cornwall £204,350
The Real Junk Food Project Brighton C.I.C The Fitzherbert Community Hub surplus food project Brighton £140,000
Keep Scotland Beautiful Highland Community Waste Partnership Scottish Highlands £1,498,568
Global Action Plan The Schools Good Life Challenge Hammersmith and Fulham, London £222,426
Fuse Youth Cafe Glasgow The Shettleston 100 Glasgow £136,819
Cherwell Collective CIC Waste Innovation Station Headquarters Oxford £150,000


Notes to Editors

* Source: The National Lottery Community Fund commissioned Savanta ComRes to interview 8,059 UK adults as part of a UK-wide survey between 7 and 22 September 2021. Data were weighted to be representative of UK adults by gender, age, social grade, ethnicity, and region.

About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive.

We’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to work closely with Government to distribute vital grants and funding from key Government programmes and initiatives.

Our funding has a positive impact and makes a difference to people’s lives. We support projects focussed on things that matter, including economic prosperity, employment, young people, mental health, loneliness and helping the UK reach Net Zero by 2050.

Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since The National Lottery began in 1994, £43 billion has been raised for good causes. National Lottery funding has been used to support over 635,000 projects - 255 projects per postcode area.

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