Community Climate Fund

Community Climate Fund

The Community Climate Fund is grant funding available to local voluntary and community groups that share our vision of becoming a carbon neutral District.

The funding is to support projects that improve the physical environment in a way that also benefits the wider community. The Community Climate Fund will enable Horsham District Council to contribute to local community groups that are already inspiring people to get involved in nature or environmental issues and take action to make a difference. Projects should have long term, tangible environmental benefit and provide positive change.

Our priorities are to:

  • Reduce carbon emissions to contribute to the District becoming carbon neutral
  • Enhance biodiversity by creating carbon storage
  • Reduce consumption of new products and the use of resources such as energy and water
  • Encourage waste minimisation by reducing, reusing and recycling
  • Create and increase awareness of climate change issues

We will concentrate on helping existing, not for profit organisations to deliver new projects. Organisations may only apply once per calendar year for this grant.

Who can apply for the Community Climate Fund?

Voluntary or community groups, Registered Charity, Constituted group or club, Community interest company (CIC), social enterprise, school, parish councils. Faith groups may also apply, provided their projects are inclusive.

Fund applications can be related to any of the following themes:

  • Energy: reduce consumption, use of renewable forms of energy
  • Water: reduce consumption, reduce threats from flooding
  • Waste minimisation: reducing waste, reusing resources, recycling  resources eg composting bins
  • Biodiversity: such as the creation of pocket parks and community orchards
  • Sustainable transport: encouraging cycling.

Education and community involvement are key considerations.

Find out who has successfully received funding so far

What levels of funding are available?

Funds are available of:

  • up to £1,000
  • up to £2,500 (would require more information from the applicant)
  • up to £5,000 (this category requires equal match funding from the applicant so that the grant can support larger projects.

Conditions if you wish to apply

Your organisation must:

  • Provide community activities or services within the Horsham District.
  • Have a formal constitution or set of rules.
  • Have a bank account requiring at least two unrelated signatories.
  • Operate with no undue restrictions on membership.
  • Have a safeguarding policy for children, young people and vulnerable adults where appropriate.

The project must:

  • Be a new initiative
  • Have longevity beyond the funding provided by the Council with a commitment to ongoing maintenance
  • Include a commitment to inform the wider community about the project and encourage others to take action.
  • Take place within the Horsham District.

We are not able to fund:

  • Ongoing running costs, including maintenance associated with the project
  • Overseas travel
  • Curricular activities that take place during the school day
  • General appeals for major capital projects
  • Sponsorship of events or activities
  • Retrospective funding

Apply for funding

Applications will be open for Community Climate Fund funding in rounds on the following dates:

  • Grant opens 5 April 2021 - Closes 14 May 2021
  • Grant opens 5 July 2021 - Closes 13 August 2021
  • Grant opens 4 October 2021 - Closes 12 November 2021
  • Grant opens 3 January 2022 - Closes 11 February 2022

You will be informed of the outcome of your application approximately 4 weeks after the closing deadline.

You are welcome to discuss your application with the Grants and Funding Officer before applying.
Please call 01403 215358 or email

To apply for a grant, please complete the following steps:

Apply for funding

After you apply

After you have submitted your application you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application and your Grant Application Reference number.

For further details about the application process, read the Community Climate Fund application guidance notes. If you have further questions, please email

Nature Recovery Award

If your work is aimed at nature based solutions your application is better suited for the Wilder Horsham District's Nature Recovery Award.

This fund is available to support landowners and community groups wishing to implement practical schemes to expand and improve networks for wildlife across the Horsham District landscape.

Applicants should state clearly in their application how they think their project will contribute to a Nature Recovery Network through the District.

Find out more about the Nature Recovery Award