Bude Coastal Community Team
Climate Change Project
BCCT awarded £200,000 development grant by National Lottery Community Fund to tackle climate change.
The Work ...
It started in November 2019 when we were alerted to a simple announcement:
“The Climate Action Fund - details of a new 10-year £100 million National Lottery Community Fund (previously Big Lottery Fund) grant programme offering grants of up to £2.5 million over 5 years across the UK. Projects must be community-led and should address issues around climate change.”
18 Dec 2019 – deadline for expressions of interest. Application submitted by Ian Saltern obo the embryo climate action group, 70 minutes before the deadline!
24 January 2020. The first sign of progress, when we were formally advised that the BCCT application was among 40 (out of 630) to be considered for the final stage – where only 15 awards would be made. The full proposal is to be made by 27 March. (This deadline was extended to 6 April in view of the Coronavirus outbreak.)
6 April 2020 – BCCT’s 47-page proposal was submitted – a commendable achievement – thanks to the hard work of Robert Uhlig and Ian Saltern.
And the waiting …
15 May – The second sign of progress – when an email came from the National Lottery saying that the application is being taken forward to full assessment – ahead of a decision-making panel at the end of June. But much more work was needed, re4sponding to requests from the Lottery for more information.
2 July. We learned that unsuccessful applicants were being contacted – but Bude was not on that list. Following the adage that no news is good news, two press releases were drafted – one saying good news, and the other reporting we’d got close, but not close enough. However, successful awards could not be confirmed until formally signed off, but this wasn’t expected until early August – and even then, the announcement was delayed.
17 August. The big day had arrived – with BCCT being one of just 14 awards. See the full list here: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/climate-action-fund
Bude Climate Partnership is born, the hard work continues!
It’s been a steep learning curve – and lessons have been learned.
A nine-month gestation period...
There are seven core partners - Bude Coastal Community Team CIC (lead partner and accountable to the National Lottery Community Fund for delivery); Bude Cleaner Seas; Connect Bude; Bude ReFILL Shop; Bude Repair Café; The 2-Minute Foundation and West Country Rivers Trust.
In addition, there are several ‘Affiliates’ - A Greener Bude Collective ((Beach Care, BRAG, Bude Friends of the Earth, Bude Marine Group, CRAP, Morsbags, Plastic Movement, Wave of Waste, Widemouth Task Force); Budehaven Community School; Bude-Stratton Town Council; Cornwall Council; Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership; Climate Action Bude; and Transition Bude.
Lottery Mission Statement
This development project, led by environmentally focused, community-based organisations, will:-
commission a series of research studies that will investigate and explore the impacts of climate change in Bude and the surrounding area,
to help the community to prioritise potential approaches that mitigate these threats and reduce the community’s carbon footprint,
and form an evidence base to:
strengthen any future funding applications
and lay the foundations for a potential full award application.
The Project will last 18 months from January 2021 to June 2022, in three phases, each of six months, comprising:
Ten distinct Initiation and Research schemes
Five Implementation and Engagement schemes
Two Continuity and Sustainability schemes
In addition, it will include collaboration with Exeter and Plymouth Universities, the Environmental Agency, Cornwall Climate Care, Cumbria Action for Sustainability, and others.
Governance will be overseen by The National Lottery Community Fund, which will involve an assigned case officer overseeing the Partnership’s work and attending Partnership meetings, a requirement to attend regular cohort meetings of TNLCF’s Climate Action Fund and to attend training sessions on community movement building, partnership relations, community engagement etc
There is a legally binding Partnership Agreement involving the seven core partners (one vote per partner) and an elected committee (with Chair, Vicechair, Treasurer, and Secretary).
The lead partner is BCCT CIC, responsible for distributing funds and completion responsibility.
To find out more, and to keep track of progress, go to www.budeclimate.org