Community Climate Fund Success Stories

Below are examples how the Council's Community Climate Fund is improving environmental and social standards locally.  These stories demonstrate how to meet the grant criteria and offer inspiration for climate action throughout the District.

The Climate Change Action Map demonstrates how the climate network is growing throughout Horsham District and West Sussex. You can check out and plot your own project to WSCC's map now.

1st Storrington & Sullington Scout Group

1st Storrington & Sullington Scouts

Queen Elizabeth II Community Garden

Project cost: £2,791

Amount awarded:  £955

1st Sullington & Storrington are in the process of improving their existing community garden for waste, water and biodiversity benefits. The project will also extend environmental skills and education as the children will be involved with hot bin composting, rainwater harvesting and maintaining a insect hotel to support pollination.

2nd Horsham Scout's Eco-Project

2nd Horsham Scout Group

Energy, Water and Waste Eco-Project I

Project cost:  £1,000

Amount awarded : £1,000

Initial funding  allowed for a rainwater harvesting system that avoids 25,000L of mains water annually, two hot composters to minimise landfill disposal and reinforcing the benefits of regenerative agriculture, as well as a heating programmer for a 20% reduction in carbon emissions emitted for energy.

Two young scouts hold up water saving awareness signs where the automatic taps will be installed

2nd Horsham Scout Group

Energy, Water and Waste Eco-Project II

Project cost:  £1,381

Amount awarded : £1,000

A later successful application in 2022 improves energy and water efficiency by replacing outdated fluorescent strip lights with new LED units and implementing automatic water taps.

5th 10th Horsham Scouts

5th/10th Horsham Scouts

Solar PV and LED Lighting Installation

Project cost:  £21,919

Amount awarded: £5,000

A successful bid in August 2022 was awarded towards a solar PV installation for renewable electricity generation and batteries for on-site storage. On top of this, the funding covered the switch to LED lights. These actions push 5th/10th Horsham scouts towards their ambitious target of saving 64 tonnes of CO2 over 20 years and reduce lighting costs by 50%.

Barns Green Primary School

Barns Green Primary School

Solar PV Installation

Project cost: £24,000

Amount awarded: £5,000

The school have combined this fund with other grants to take their first major step towards net zero. The project involves installing a 40 solar PV panel array to generate 17,846 kWh of electricity generation per year. It represents a strong public display of climate action and links to environmental education featured in their curriculum. Using WSCC’s estimates, they anticipate savings of 7 tCO2e per annum.

Beeding and Bamber Village Hall's Solar PV and LED Lighting Installation

Beeding and Bramber Village Hall

Solar PV and LED Lighting Installation

Project cost: £15,114

Amount awarded : £4,714

The Community Climate Fund provided financial support for Beeding and Bramber Village Hall's  collaborative sustainable energy project. They worked with Greening Steyning, Brighton and Hove Energy Services Cooperative (BHESCo), Lightfoot LED and CC Solar to install a 5.94kWp solar PV array and LED lighting that is estimated to save 33 tCO2e over 25 years (BHESCo, 2022). Renewable energy also presents financial savings that improve value for community users.

[The Community Climate Fund] has allowed us to be a beacon for other organisations, in the village and beyond, to do something positive and change their carbon footprint.

Sue Albury (Beeding and Bramber Hall Chair of Trustees)

Billingshurst Men's Sheds

Billingshurst Men's Sheds

Shed Insulation Project

Project cost: £4,491

Amount awarded: £2,500

This community DIY project involving skilled volunteers will add insulation, as well as double-glazed doors and windows to the new shed facility.  As a result, avoiding heaters across the colder months means saving 288kWh and 80kg CO2 per annum. Subsequently, it shall create a warmer environment for users through the winter and reduces costs for a soon to be important community hub.

Bicycle Rack at Chanctonbury Church

Chanctonbury Church

Bicycle Rack Installation

Project cost: £1,038

Amount awarded: £878

The introduction of a 5 capacity bicycle rack within the church grounds promotes sustainable mobility for both church visitors and the wider public. This action supports a reduction in GHG emissions, local air pollution and congestion.

LED Lighting for Chanctonbury Leisure Centre

Chanctonbury Leisure Centre

LED Studio Replacement

Project cost: £11,858

Amount awarded: £5,000

Chanctonbury Community Leisure Centre and their users will benefit from an estimated annual saving of £6,583 due to an LED lighting upgrade (NRG Group,  2022). Critically, their carbon emission and energy usage will both fall as a result.

Comptons Tennis Club Floodlights

Comptons Tennis Club

LED Floodlight Replacement

Project cost: £40,000

Amount awarded:  £5,000

Exchanging metal halide light fittings with far more efficient and reliable LED floodlights shall save carbon contributions, energy and financial expenditure.  In addition, the freed up electrical capacity permits plans with Lower Beeding Parish Council to initiate on-site electric vehicle charging points.

Raised Bed in Horsham Park's Sensory Garden

Friends of Horsham Park

Sense the Change

Project cost: £12,352

Amount awarded: £2,082

The Community Climate Fund has supported developments for a drought resistant sensory garden in Horsham Park. Watch their video on Twitter that explains their intentions for the grant. You can also follow project updates via their website.

A member of the Repair Café team amends a resident's electrical item.

Greening Steyning

The 2030 Project

Project cost:  £13,500

Amount awarded:  £10,000

Greening Steyning have been a highly organised and proactive climate community group since 2010. Their 2030 Project that tackles a range of environmental issues. The initial grant in 2020 helped them to establish a Repair Café and The Retrofit Project and conducted an Active Travel Survey. The follow-up grant in 2022 supported a Home Energy Helpdesk, Climate Café and encouraged community engagement through a sustainable fashion show, Wildlife Gardens Open Day and creating an interactive local nature map.

An aerial photograph of Henfield Hall that shows the newly installed solar panels

Henfield Hall

Community Solar in Henfield

Project cost: £27,028

Amount awarded:  £5,000

The installation of 60 PV solar panels represents a key step towards Henfield Hall's wider plan to become carbon neutral.  This development has been supported by Sustainable Henfield and Henfield Parish Council throughout.

Henfield Haven posing outside of their property for BN5 Magazine in celebration of their CCF award

Henfield Haven

Solar PV Project

Project cost: £30,106

Amount awarded: £5,000

Henfield Haven estimate that their new solar PV array will produce an annual output of 32,253kWh. This project is part of the Sustainable Henfield 2030 overall project for energy reduction in its public buildings.

Community organisation representatives pose for a picture in the sports hall where lighting replacement will take place

Henfield Leisure Centre

Sports Hall Lighting Improvements

Project cost: £11,700

Amount awarded:  £5,000

This leisure centre upgraded their 30-year-old lighting with 15 LED lighting fittings, which they predict will result in a 273% energy reduction and consequential carbon contribution. Other benefits include extending product life cycles of lights to 20,000 hours for less waste and financial savings maximising returns for community centre users.

A picture of the finished green roof recycling hub located at Rudgwick playing fields

Holy Trinity Rudgwick

Waste Reduction & Green Roof Shelter

Project cost:  £3,134

Amount  awarded:  £2,500

HTR won funding in the final round of 2022 to fulfil their vision of extending recycling operations that collect items missed with kerbside services.  The plans involve constructing a green roof recycling shelter to upscale waste reduction, increase biodiversity and absorb CO2. Also, they intend to extend education through a local sustainability network with schools, businesses, Rudgwick scouts, and in partnership with the national Eco Church community.

Volunteers gathered around a food stall at United Reform Church, Horsham

Horsham Community Fridge

Saturday Pop-up Events

Project cost: £1,830

Amount awarded: £1,000

The Council contributed towards the running a pop-up version of the already established Community Fridge service. Improving accessibility for residents across the District means further savings on food waste, which in turn reduces carbon emissions and strengthens community resilience.

Horsham Tennis Club's new LED floodlights photographed on a glorious summer's day

Horsham Sports Club

LED Tennis Courts Floodlights Upgrade

Project cost: £26,050

Amount awarded: £5,000

Horsham Lawn Tennis Club committed to upgrading court floodlights in 2021. The development ensures a leading example for other local sports clubs who similarly wish to reduce carbon footprint and save money by minimise energy consumption.

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Horsham Trafalgar NC

Dr. Bike Maintenance Classes

Project cost: £3,938

Amount awarded: £2,498

These free classes offered core cycling maintenance skills to impower local cyclists with independence and confidence. By promoting a climate friendly alternative to cars, they also matched with their desires to reduce the speed limit in the area with prioritising cycling and walking and improving air quality for all.

Lower Barn Allotment society members gather in the gardens with tools and umbrellas

Lower Barn Allotment Society

Rainwater Harvesting

Project cost: £4,050

Amount awarded: £2,400

This local society applied resourcefulness, environmental awareness, and collaboration to design an effective water conservation project. They will use funds for the raw materials to complete community DIY to incorporate three water harvesting stations into community allotment which is accessible to around 100 people. Using typical rainfall and consumption over the past two years, they anticipate decreasing water consumption by 20% and save 27,000L per year.

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North Horsham PC

Holbrook Tythe Barn LED Replacement

Project cost: £4,152

Amount awarded:  £2,076

Plans to upgrade 65 lights with LED fixtures using professional electrical services. Estimated carbon savings are 1.8 tCO2e pa through reducing energy usage. It converts into lowers costs on electricity by 20% that can go towards improving community services.

A young child and an adult woman are gardening in Rock Farm's community garden

One Church, Rock Farm

Community Carbon Sink

Project cost:  £28,182

Amount awarded:  £5,000

This investment went towards creating an outdoor space for a carbon-negative farming project with a specialist focus on including the marginalised members of the community.  Here educational programs focus on alternative methods for growing food, including biochar farming and methods to improve soil fertility, as well as for planting trees.

Rock Farm's Manager shares edible flowers with volunteers

One Church, Rock Farm

Carbon-Negative Horticulture Courses

Project cost: £11,000

Amount awarded: £5,000

A series of 1-day courses educating 50+ people of carbon-negative and nature-friendly growing methods. Upskilling 4-6 long-term unemployed/underemployed people to learn horticulture and landscaping and providing employment assistance. Estimated 1.2 tCO2e saved pa, plus any actions from education.

The trustees of Pulborough Social Centre gather outside the village hall

Pulborough Social Centre

Entrance and Foyer LED Lighting

Project cost: £2,330

Amount awarded: £1,930

The proposal to invest in 8 new LED lighting fixtures was accepted during the February 2023 round. These upgrades will produce monetary savings for the community organisation and improves usability for users. Also, increasing energy efficiency by 73% converts into 1 tonne of carbon being avoided per year.

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Slinfold Village Hall

LED Lighting

Project cost: £4,775

Amount awarded: £2,500

Upgrading 42 light fittings and controls with energy-efficient LED in the hall. Saves 500kWh and 1.5 tCO2e per annum, whilst sustaining hall user charges for the community.

Community Climate Fund applicant stands with the new heat pumps at Southwater Village hall

Southwater Village Hall

Air Source Heat Pump System

Project cost: £29,700

Amount awarded:  £5,000

A successful application eased the cost of installing an air source heat pump to replace a gas fired boiler.  This not only reduces immediate energy use and carbon emissions, but also acts as investment in preparation for future cost and policy changes.

Springboard's Customer Support Officer holds the smart energy controls


Springboard Green Fund

Project cost: £2,749

Amount awarded: £2,749

The provision of Smart Radiator Valves improved the energy efficiency of their building and a new electronic bike purchase now encourages sustainable mobility for staff.

Steyning Tennis Club members huddle outside of the clubhouse on a spring morning

Steyning Tennis Club

New Energy Efficient LED Lights

Project cost: £24,050

Amount awarded:  £5,000

Steyning Tennis Club will shortly replace 12 floodlights with LED capabilities to decrease CO2e contributions by 61%, increase the product life of lights by 4-5 times and improve lighting quality for 224 users.

The renovated church garden of St Mark's shows tree planting and hot bin composter

St. Mark's Church

Holbrook Community Orchard

Project cost: £1,000

Amount awarded: £1,000

St. Mark's Church have been accredited with Eco Church recognition. They selected to develop their community garden via tree/bulb planting, food recycling, rainwater collection, whilst completing wildlife and local community surveys to review progress.

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Storrington & Sullington PC

Heat Pump Air Conditioner Replacement

Project cost: £10,980

Amount awarded: £5,000

A 2-phase project to replace 5 heat pump units to reduce energy consumption on heating by 30%. The 800-kWh reduction per year will save 1.8 tCO2e being emitted per annum

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Storrington Community FC

Replacement LED Lights

Project cost: £2,985

Amount awarded: £2,485

A series of lighting upgrades including 18 circular polo fittings, 13 LED batten, 13 emergency bulkhead fittings, 1x 30w food light and PIR with new protective cage. These measures will present energy reductions of community facilities open to 250+ regular users.

A behaviour change display educating consumers how to avoid waste from reaching landfill

Sussex Green Living

Bright New Future Roadshow

Project cost: £17,000

Amount awarded: £5,000

Sussex Green Living are an award winning charity for their climate endeavours since 2012.  Financial support was given towards creating an 'Eco Innovation Station' as a retrofitted milk float that tours events across the District. Here individuals can receive information regarding how to reduce their carbon footprint. You can discover more about the project here.

Sussex Green Living's Recycle, Repair and Refill milk float opens up for residents

Sussex Green Living

3 R's Roadshow

Project cost: £5,000

Amount awarded: £3,000

The environmental charity will be touring 10 communities across Horsham District. These funday-type events will encourage repair and refill, over replacement. Funding will support refill services, engagement games, waste awareness education, 1 new repair café and 2 new recycling drop off points.

A volunteer holding up a TerraCycle collection box at St Peter's Church, Henfield

Sustainable Henfield

SH2030 - Plastic Waste Reduction

Project cost:  £956

Amount awarded: £956

Sustainable Henfield are a well established community group who lead a 10 year plan centred around carbon reduction, biodiversity, consumer issues and transport. The Council's Community Climate Fund supported the recycling of disposable PPE via the introduction of Zero waste bins at strategic points around Henfield.

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Thakeham Primary School

Classroom LED Lighting Replacement

Project cost: £1,104

Amount awarded: £1,100

Swapping 10 outdated and failing fluorescent lights for new LEDs in a classroom. It is the final classroom without LED.

Increases energy efficiency by 50% for 0.12 tCO2e avoided per annum. Improves learning environment for the children.

Four young people complete gardening activities in the community garden.

Transition Horsham

Community Allotment Outreach

Project cost: £690

Amount awarded: £690

As a local network, Transition Horsham play a key role in driving climate action within the District. This grant assisted with their desire to extend access to a free and mutually supportive sustainable food producing community. The funds contributed towards developing a ‘heritage bed’, continuing to support over 25 people in seed circles and also expanding the already successful Seedy Saturday seed swap initiative.

A shot of The HUB's newly installed solar panels

Upper Beeding Baptist Church

The HUB Beeding Solar Panels

Project cost:  £13,768

Amount awarded:  £5,000

Part funding for an 8kW solar PV array that will help this community building become a showcase example in how to reduce fossil fuel dependency.