After a competitive tendering process, the contract to review the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has been awarded to Changeworks which has a strong track record of undertaking independent research and analysis in the low carbon field. Changeworks will undertake the review on behalf of the Scottish Government, focusing on CCF3 launched in 2012. 

The Scottish Government is undertaking the review to inform how the CCF can best enable communities to contribute to the Scottish Government’s climate change objectives in future.

Over the next few months Changeworks will explore a range of CCF projects in more detail, gathering participants’ views and experiences. Changeworks will also consult with both CCF and Junior CCF grant panels, and a range of stakeholders. 

Tessa Clark, Changeworks’ Senior Consultant said, “The outcomes of this review will be to improve the CCF programme and help communities to maximise their contribution to tackling climate change. We’ll be talking to a considerable number of community groups as part of our evaluation to help assess options for improvement.” 

The review will be overseen by a Research Advisory Group (RAG) whose members comprise Scottish Government policy and research officials, David Gunn, CCF Manager, and Elizabeth Leighton, Chair of the CCF Grants Panel.  

A research report of the review will be published later this year and made available to interested stakeholders.