Community Climate Fund

Community Climate Fund

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

Horsham District Council aims to enable local community groups and Parish Councils to take action to reduce carbon emissions in their local communities. The Fund will support new projects that will make a difference and also benefit the wider community. We also want successful applicants to spread the message on the actions they have taken and help promote the Fund.

Our priorities and categories that projects must align with are:

  • Carbon Emissions – Reduce carbon emissions and other climate warming gases
  • Energy – Reduce consumption of energy and install low carbon or renewable forms of energy
  • Water – Reduce consumption of water and reduce threats from flooding
  • Waste – Minimise waste, reduce, reuse, and recycle
  • Biodiversity – Increase biodiversity and wildlife in the district
  • Transport – Reduce the need to travel and increase cycling, walking and use of public transport

Other key considerations for Horsham District Council are education, community involvement and the projects potential for long term, tangible environmental benefit and provide positive change.

Application Guidance Notes

Who can apply?

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.

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.

Find out who has successfully received funding so far

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
  • Retrospectively
  • Projects that are also being funded by the Nature Recovery Award

To receive your funding:

Provide with your application:

  • If your project involves any building work, submit two quotes
  • Provide detailed outputs and outcomes (check guidance notes for examples)

Provide when you have received your outcome:

  • Photo of your group outside your organisation
  • A quote from you on how the funding will benefit your community
  • Accept the terms and conditions, which include using the HDC logo to acknowledge the funding source

What levels of funding are available?

There are 3 levels of funding available:

  • up to £1,000
  • up to £2,500
  • up to £5,000 (requires equal match funding from the applicant so that the grant can support larger projects)

Apply for funding

The Community Climate Fund will be open for applications on the following dates:

  • Grant opens 3 January 2023 - Closes 10 February 2023
  • Grant opens 3 April 2023 - Closes 12 May 2023
  • Grant opens 3 July 2023 - Closes 11 August 2023
  • Grant opens 2 October 2023 - Closes 10 November 2023
  • Grant opens 2 January 2024 - Closes 9 February 2024

For further details about the application process, please read the Community Climate Fund application guidance notes.

You are welcome to discuss your application before applying. Please call 01403 215156 or email

Apply now

Nature Recovery Award

There is an alternative fund, Wilder Horsham District's Nature Recovery Award, 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