Climate Challenge Funded projects in Fife

Fife CCF funded projects 2017-2018

There are 9 projects funded by the CCF with activities and actions that cut across local food, energy and transport themes, as well as all trying to reduce carbon and create legacy.

Charlie’s Green Angels is a project run by Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative which aims to inspire and support the Levenmouth community to tackle climate change. The project will focus on supporting and upskilling local people in three areas; food (growing, cooking composting and reducing food waste), waste (repairing, swapping, upcycling and recycling) and education and legacy (including planning for the future and sharing of knowledge through educational workshops and programmes). £37,973

Tayport Community Trust PLANT gardening group will help to reduce local carbon emissions and tackle climate change through doubling the growing space at Tayport Community Garden. The project will also provide a range of activities and events to help people of all ages and levels of experience to learn and share practical food growing skills. £53,366

St Andrews Community Carbon Challenge builds on a successful partnership of St Andrews Botanic Gardens, St Andrews Environmental Network and Transition University of St Andrews to create a low carbon living programme and community space in St Andrews. These organisations will work together to provide practical energy efficiency demonstrations while expanding educational programmes and developing opportunities to share resources such as tools and bikes and skills such as planting and growing. £149,986

Fit for Purpose is a project to collect, refurbish and redistribute neglected old tools and further develop food growing activities at The Ecology Centre’s new site at Kinghorn Loch.  The project will also create a Recycle It Zone as a demonstration area offering visitors the chance to learn more about recycling, including how The Ecology Centre reuses and recycles tools and composts. £48,471

Kirkcaldy Central Mosque & Community Centre will run the Kirkcaldy Ethnic Minority Green Project to empower the ethnic minority community in Kirkcaldy to adopt low carbon lifestyles and help tackle climate change. Project activities will include climate change awareness workshops and a suite of support to help households improve home energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty. The project will also establish a community garden where the community can learn how to grow their own food. £83,247

(Really) too good to waste is a project run by Greener Kirkcaldy to encourage the community of Kirkcaldy to reduce waste and reuse and repair more by increasing awareness and building skills and opportunities. The project will carry out programmes of practical events and workshops in deprived areas of the community, backed up by community-based social marketing activities and engagement with local groups. £69,644

Greener Kirkcaldy’s Climate Change and Our Lives project will raise awareness of climate change and the connection to homes and behaviours. The project will increase skills and confidence around energy use and lower carbon travel choices. Project activities include supporting volunteer Climate Champions who will engage their peers to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of 500 households and a new pilot travel behaviour change project aiming to reduce car use for short journeys and encourage people to carpool and drive more efficiently. £149,977

Local Food Works is a project run by Falkland Stewardship Trust to encourage people to enjoy and buy locally produced food. The project will run a local food market, community growing spaces, food workshops and community meals. This will make it easier to access, cultivate, harvest, process, cook, taste and celebrate local food. The project aims to create a more sustainable, resilient and healthy local food economy that leads to a proven reduction in carbon emissions through the food chain network. £50,843

Gallatown Bike Hub will run the Power ti yer Pedals project to get more people out cycling and to help them swap local car travel for trips by bike. The project will improve access to bikes in the local area and run a programme of activities which includes bike repairs, led rides and local bikeability training in schools, community spaces and businesses. The project will also retrofit 100 bikes with dynamos so they are able to charge mobile phones and other devices when cycled. £28,226

Fife CCF funded projects 2016-2017

There are eleven community projects in Fife that have been funded by the Climate Challenge Fund for projects running from April 2016 to March 2017. Find out more on this page.  The Fife Communities Climate Action Network is open to all of these funded projects. Through our network you can find out more about the groups, the projects and activities towards tackling climate change through local action.

Tayport Community Trust’s Tayport Community Garden project will reduce local carbon emissions by developing an inclusive outdoor centre where people can grow their own food.  Experienced professional gardeners will lead regular workshops and supported workdays offering volunteers and community groups training and support in how to grow salads, vegetables and fruit.  Initiatives such as tool repair workshops will lead to further reductions in carbon emissions.  £41,942

(Still) too good to waste is a project run by Greener Kirkcaldy to cut local carbon emissions by reducing the amount of household items and food waste sent to landfill.  The project will carry out programmes of practical events and workshops in the community including the chance to develop repair, maintenance and upcycling skills.  This will be backed up by community-based social marketing activities and engagement with other local community groups.  £77,273

Talking About Climate Change is a project run by Greener Kirkcaldy to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty through home energy efficiency and renewable energy advice.  The project will also offer local people the chance to develop skills and confidence to grow and eat more local, seasonal food.  Additional activities and events will raise awareness of climate change and the connections to lives, homes and behaviours.  £132,587

Action on Climate Change will reduce energy use, bills and carbon emissions at St Bryce Kirk by fitting secondary glazing.  Further project activities involve work with local households to improve home energy efficiency, increase the consumption of local produce, reduce food waste and reuse and recycle household items.  £52,456

Rosyth Community Council / Edible and Tasty Spaces: EATS Rosyth’s Edible and Tasty Spaces project will cut local carbon emissions by developing new community growing sites and delivering a series gardening workshops to increase the capacity to grow local food.  Barriers to local composting will also be identified and overcome throughout the delivery of the project.  £103,875

Local Food Works is a project run by Falkland Stewardship Trust that will develop a weekly pop-up market, offering spaces for local growers to sell their seasonal produce.  Further activities to reduce local carbon emissions include creation of six new community growing spaces workshops focussed on using local, seasonal ingredients and how to reduce food waste.  £48,090

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Greener Heritage is a project to make the historic community building of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk more sustainable by installing energy efficient measures to save energy, reduce bills and carbon emissions.  The project will also offer help to the local community  to improve home energy efficiency through free home energy audits.  Further reductions in local carbon emissions will be gained by through activities including fuel efficient driving lessons.  £95,042

FRAE Fife’s BME Home and Transport Energy Efficiency project aims to reduce domestic carbon emissions and get more BME households out of fuel poverty by offering a drop in home energy advice service, training a team of community champions and running a series of community events and workshops.  Further carbon emissions will be saved through a lift share scheme and energy efficient driving lessons.  £87,003

St Andrews Environment Network, Transition University of St Andrews and St Andrews Botanic Gardens’s Low Carbon Hub project will address the barriers to local residents learning about, sharing and living a more low carbon life.  The project will create a large, new community facility within the Botanic gardens, providing food growing space, a community workshop and social learning area.  Further project activities include home energy efficiency advice and workshops covering cycle training and maintenance, repair and upcycling of household items, food growing, food waste reduction and composting.  £149,996

The Ecology Centre’s Lemon Squeezy: Let’s get growing at Kinghorn Loch is a project to tackle local carbon emissions by cutting food miles and recycling old gardening tools.  Building on the Easy Peas-y project of refurbishing old tools and helping people to set up growing spaces in their own gardens, Lemon Squeezy will bring people together to create a new growing hub at Kinghorn Loch. Community recycling volunteers will make gardening tools available to the wider community while individuals and groups will be supported to grow their own produce on the new site.  £44,682

Hayfield Community Centre’s Hayfield Growing More project aims to expand food growing activities in Kirkcaldy and support more local people to achieve a lower carbon diet.  Further reductions in carbon emissions will be reached through workshops to tackle food waste and a weekly café using food industry surplus where attendees will be able to learn more ways to decrease their carbon emissions.  £22,265

See where the projects are:

Previously CCF funded projects in Fife (2008 – 2015)

Action for Change

Aberdour Village in Bloom

CLEAR Buckhaven

Colinsburgh Town Hall

Culross Community Council

East Fife Allotment Association

East Neuk Communities Group

The Ecology Centre

Elie Kilconquhar & Colinsburgh Churches


Exit Community Centre

Falkland Centre for Stewardship: Acting for Transition Falkland

Falkland Heritage Trust

Falkland in Bloom

Fife Diet

Fife Housing Association

Fife Muslim educational and cultural centre

FRAE (Fairness Race Awareness &Equality) Fife

Friends of the Earth Fife

Greener Kirkcaldy

Hayfield Community Centre Management Committee

Kirkcaldy Community Gardens and Allotments CIC

Largoward & District Community Council

Largoward Public Hall

Linktown Community Action Centre

Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative

Newburgh Community Trust

North Howe Transition Toun

North Queensferry Primary School

North Queensferry Transition Initiative

Ore Valley Housing Association

Pitreavie Amateur Athletic Club

St Andrews Environment Network

St Andrews Environmental Network and Transition University of St Andrews

St Andrews Episcopal Church St Andrews

St Bryce Kirk

Sustainable Communities Initiatives (SCI)

Tayport Community Trust (PLANT gardening group)

39th Fife Scout Group

Tullis Russell Environmental Education

Transition University of St Andrews


About The Climate Challenge Fund

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is a Scottish Government programme. Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Aileen McLeod, announced on 23 March 2016 the award of £9.47 million for 116 community-led projects in the 22nd round of grants from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.  The projects awarded grants will run from 1 April 2016 until 31st March 2017.

In terms of some of the big numbers, the impact of the CCF is clear to see; 43 community owned buildings having benefitted from energy efficient measures installed, more than 3.62 million miles of car journeys have been reduced, 56,000m2 of growing space has been created and 6,006 tonnes of waste recycled.


Some case studies in Fife

Action On Energy, St Bryce Kirk

The St Bryce Kirk Centre in Kirkcaldy will upgrade lighting, insulation and draught-proofing to slash the centre’s energy consumption and carbon emissions through the Action On Energy project. The project will also offer a series of activities including household energy audits and fuel efficient driver training to help the local community reduce their own energy consumption and carbon emissions.

The CaRB project was organised by North Howe Transition Toun

The CaRB Project shows what a community of 739 people in rural Fife can achieve through an 18-month domestic carbon reduction project.  In all, 121 homes cut carbon emissions estimated at a total of 121 tonnes. That’s 44% of homes contributing to a 5% reduction in our area’s domestic carbon emissions.The CaRB project was organised by North Howe Transition Toun (NHTT), a local sustainability group based in the rural communities of Letham, Collessie and Giffordtown and their hinterland in northeast Fife.

Charlie’s Plot 2,  Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative, Methilhill

Charlie’s Plot is a project led by young people in Methilhill, Fife to grow and cook their own fruit and vegetables, learn about climate change and to share that information with their community.  The project led by young people in Methilhill, Fife to support the wider community to make informed food choices, reduce food waste and increase composting levels and knowledge of climate change. The young people will be supported by Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative and project activities are to include a weekly gardening club, outreach sessions with local schools, nurseries, youth clubs and organisations, plus food waste and composting workshops. Helping young people and the wider community learn more about climate change and benefits of a low carbon lifestyle. Growing, cooking and consuming more fruit and vegetables locally, reducing food waste and improving diets.  The group runnng ‘Charlie’s Plot’ grew out of the concerns of children in the Levenmouth Young Peoples Press (LYPP) for the environment. A group of young people aim to “operate the project with minimal adult assistance with our committee making the decisions”.

Easy Peas-y, The Ecology Centre

The Ecology Centre will run the Easy Peasy project from a new hub at Kinghorn Loch, Fife. Food miles and carbon emissions will reduce as food is grown on site and community members learn the skills to grow at home. A Men’s Shed project will focus on refurbishment of unwanted garden tools while relationships with two local schools will further raise awareness of the links between food miles and climate change. An additional benefit of the project is improved health for those involved with outdoor gardening activities.

Eco-Refurbishment of Carron Grove Scout Centre, 39th Fife Scout Group

The 39th Fife Scout Group will improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions at Carron Grove Scout Centre in Dunfermline through installation of energy efficient measures including insulation, double glazed windows and energy efficient lighting. The group aims to act as an exemplar for environmental awareness and energy efficiency throughout the community, running sessions on home energy efficiency and providing opportunities for scouts to work towards a badge based around these themes.

The F1 Project, Aberdour Village in Bloom

The F1 Project will establish a community growing space in Aberdour and will cut carbon emissions by reducing food miles and need for local car journeys to shop for food. The project, run by volunteers from Aberdour Village in Bloom, will work all ages including Aberdour Primary School to promote sustainable, local food.

Hayfield Food Project, Hayfield Community Centre Management Committee

Hayfield Food Project in Kirkcaldy will develop a community growing space in the grounds of Hayfield Community Centre where local families can grow fresh, nutritious vegetables, cutting food miles, carbon emissions and costs. A part time Project Manager will lead in organising workshops and providing support on growing, harvesting, cooking and making best use of the produce from the gardens. Further project activities include initiatives to reduce food waste and increase use of sustainable travel.

Kirkcaldy Goes Greener project – Greener Kirkcaldy

Activoties to improve energy efficiency, local food, and reduce waste through reuse and repair.

Local Wood Fuel Supply Chain. Falkland Stewardship Trust – 

To develop an innovative community-led woodfuel supply project for villages within a five mile radius of Falkland Estate. in Fife. Utilising surplus wood the project will reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs while improving fuel security.

The Philp Hall Energy Challenge, Linktown Community Action Centre

The Philp Hall Energy Challenge will install energy efficient measures in the Philp Hall Community Centre in Linktown Kirkcaldy, making the building easier to heat, thus reducing its running costs and carbon emissions. The project is run by Linktown Community Action Centre and will also offer local householders the chance to save energy in their homes through home energy advice visits, an exhibition and workshops with groups that use the Hall.


St Andrews Towards Transition, St Andrews Environment Network

Transition University St Andrews and the St Andrews Environmental Network will run St Andrews Towards Transition. The project will work with the local community to deliver initiatives that provide simple low carbon solutions and embed sustainable enterprise within the community. Project activities will enable local people to take practical action on climate change through tackling issues around rural home energy, local food, sustainable transport and enhancement of neighbourhood links. This programme of activities will bring about social, economic and environmental benefits for St Andrews as well as cutting carbon emissions.

Tayport Community Growing Space, Tayport Community Trust (PLANT gardening group)

Tayport Community Growing Space will establish community garden in Tayport, Fife for vegetables, salads and fruit which will help reduce carbon emissions as food and consumers travel less. Tayport Community Trust will run the project and the local community will be offered the chance to attend workshops to develop growing skills so they can grow their own at home and learn more about the links between food and climate change. The project aims to become self sustaining by selling surplus produce

Too good to waste, Greener Kirkcaldy

Too Good to Waste is a project run by Greener Kirkcaldy to build awareness, skills and opportunities for the local community to reduce waste by reducing, reusing and repairing. The project will carry out programmes of practical events and workshops in the community, backed up by community-based social marketing activities and engagement with other local community groups.