Boost for environmental community projects as new £50k Cheltenham Zero fund launches

Published on 18th March 2021

Cheltenham Zero - community fund logo

Simple schemes aimed at cutting carbon emissions and boosting nature will benefit from a new community fund launched by Cheltenham Borough Council today.

Community groups, residents and parishes with climate emergency initiatives are invited to bid for a share of the £50,000 Cheltenham Zero community fund.

The funding will be made available to support projects that will result in:

  • Carbon reductions
  • Energy savings
  • Biodiversity gains
  • Climate resilience
  • Behaviour change.

Cllr Max Wilkinson, cabinet member climate and communities, said “It’s vitally important that grassroots communities are involved in the efforts to help Cheltenham’s push for carbon neutrality. That’s why it’s right that we empower people to bring forward projects that will reduce the borough’s impact on the environment and help nature.

“I know there are so many great ideas out there and look forward to seeing what our communities can do. 

Who can apply?

  • Community or voluntary groups
  • Registered charities
  • Community interest companies
  • Town and parish Councils

How much can be applied for?

Any group may apply for a single award up to a maximum of £5,000. Please be aware that as there is only £50,000 available in total. The council will look to fund those projects that offer the best value for money; applications which evidence match funding will be viewed favourably.

Application guidelines and forms can be downloaded online: www.cheltenham.gov.uk/Chelt-Zero-Community-Fund. For more information, contact communityservices@cheltenham.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is Friday 11 June 2021.

In 2019, Cheltenham Borough Council declared a climate emergency and a commitment to be a carbon neutral council and borough by 2030. The goal of a carbon neutral borough will be met by delivering activity which supports and promotes the town’s core vision to be a place where everyone thrives.


For media enquiries, contact: communications, telephone 01242 264154, email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk