Climate Emergency/Carbon Zero Fund: Applications are now closed but will reopen in Autumn 2022

  1. Purpose of the Fund

This fund has been set up by Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) in partnership with Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) as equal funders, to support local environmental projects.

CMBC and CFFC will work together long-term to raise awareness of Climate Emergency and raise endowment funds for the distribution of grants/loans to support capital and revenue projects in Calderdale.

The fund has a specific focus on providing support to a wide variety of community groups to make energy savings and carbon reductions. 

2. Aim of the fund, expected outcomes

The aim of the fund is to help Calderdale reach its targets for carbon saving with the aim of becoming Carbon Neutral.

The target is for the Borough to be Carbon neutral by 2038.

We cannot calculate exact carbon savings that could be made by this funding. However, we hope that the funding might unlock savings similar to those made by the Salix Public Sector Energy Efficiency Fund which had a target cost of £500 per. tonne of CO2 avoided.

Using a price point of £500 / tonne of carbon, we would aim for £1m of investment to deliver 2,000 tonnes of carbon saving over the project lifetime.

You will be asked in your application how you will measure the carbon savings made by your project and your own organisation’s carbon footprint and expected to report on this on a regular basis to the funders.

  • Eligible Groups and activities

The types of groups that can apply are:

  • Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups run for and by local people (Note: individuals cannot apply)
    • Registered charities and groups with charitable purposes working in Calderdale
    • Community Interest Companies (CICs) who do not, and cannot, pay dividends
    • Schools (for non-statutory activity)

Please read the Community Foundation for Calderdale guidance for additional guidance on eligibility, see

  • Key Priorities for this round

Fig 2 Calderdale’s current emissions profile (modelled emissions for 2020). Note that LULUCF stands for Land Use, Land Use Change & Forestry.

The key priorities for this round are around Transport, Buildings and Education/awareness raising.

a) Projects which will impact on the Carbon impact of transport.

Travel is responsible for 40% of Calderdale’s carbon footprint. For example; a 10 mile commute – one year – of driving in normal traffic contributes 4,500Kg of carbon dioxide pollution to the environment, driving further climate change.

Indicative eligible Projects might cover themes such as vehicle co-ownership (providing an alternative to car ownership to reduce car usage and therefore carbon emissions), the installation of Community eCars in locations close to older persons housing and areas of deprivation across Calderdale, and projects which support active travel and public transport.

b) Projects which will impact on the Carbon footprint of Buildings

43% of our local carbon emissions come from buildings. Heritage buildings – which we have many of in Calderdale – can be more expensive to retrofit to low carbon operation. As an example of the scale of the problem, the Council’s estate generated 2,577,000 kg of Co2 pollution in 2019/20.

We want to encourage Calderdale community groups to undertake energy efficiency works to reduce emissions as a priority. In most cases these works will also reduce operational costs and make buildings more comfortable for occupants.

Projects could include:

  • Cost for an external expert to provide consultancy advice or support for low carbon building refurbishment
  • Renovation of heating and hot water systems
  • Installation of new high efficiency LED lighting
  • Installation of new building controls to ensure smart operation
  • Retrofitting insulation
  • Adding appropriate renewable energy systems to a building (e.g. PV, heat pump)
  • Exploring suitable window systems that would address concerns around listed buildings and conservation but also be financially viable – for installation, maintenance and energy-efficiency.
  • There is an equipment list at section 10b which sets out many types of equipment which can help different types of buildings save energy

Replacement of windows for double glazing and insulation are valuable low carbon retrofit measures, but actual carbon saved by these interventions p.a. can be low when compared with installation costs. We would recommend that applicants consider interventions like LED lighting and heating controls alongside lighting and glazing to maximize financial and carbon savings.

c) Projects which via Education and people development increase the awareness and knowledge of Climate change and the vital need to reduce our carbon footprint and which will lead to new ideas and projects for future rounds.

This could involve:

  • Delivering Carbon / Climate Emergency Training.  This could cover supporting people to develop an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis. Carbon Literacy is a term used to describe an awareness of climate change, and the climate impacts of mankind’s everyday actions.
  • Developing sustainability education courses around building retrofit, renewable energy, sustainable transport, repair, re-use, low carbon diets and energy saving
    Creating spaces where people can learn practical skills and engage with issues around carbon emissions through volunteering, arts and educational activities.
  • Working with groups who are often under-represented in climate conversations: BAME / South Asian communities, those without higher level qualifications and communities in areas of depravation across Calderdale, to inform, communicate, educate and empower people through better understanding of the environment. Work might include basic information on energy efficient measures, saving money and improve the environment through better understanding of reducing waste, recycling, and food waste, and skills transfer.
  • 5. Types of costs that are eligible for grant and loan support.
  • a) The funds are for Capital and Revenue costs. We expect that projects that require a bigger grant will be largely capital.

Costs can include:

  • Costs of equipment
  • Costs of alterations etc to buildings
  • Fees relating to professional support needed for feasibility work / project payback / business case development are also eligible. 
  • Training and information costs
  • b) Grant Loan awards may be offered to suitable applications on a case by case basis. These will normally be offered when the applicant meets the criteria for this:
  • Over 6 months reserves
  • Applied for support for capital projects
  • Has, or as a result of the loan, will develop income generation or costs savings measures
  • Can repay the loan

and that:

  • The project scores highly enough

Loans will be interest free and repayment period will be negotiated on a case by case basis.

  • Other important information
  • If you are applying under Priority 1 Transport you will find useful information and advice here:
  • If you are applying for priority 2 we expect that you will provide an energy survey of your building(s) , the energy survey can be downloaded here. This is provided by the Centre for Sustainable Energy
  • There are many resources on the Centre for Sustainable Energy website that will be useful for all Community organisations, see here:

  • Organisations can apply for feasibility costs.
  • We expect applicants to supply 2-3 quotes for renewable technology and other capital projects to ensure that they have received good advice.
  • We also expect renewable energy systems to be installed by MCS accredited suppliers.

7. Fund value and allocations

The next round will probably be in Autumn 2022.