Funding for place-based climate action projects

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£5,000 to £35,000 awards launched under the Place-based Climate Action Network Fund 2020 round

The Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) is inviting proposals for the second round of funding under the PCAN Fund.

PCAN brings together the research community and decision-makers in the public, private and third sectors through three city-based climate commissions (in Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds) and two theme-based platforms on finance and business.

The aim of the PCAN Fund is to support projects that promote and increase understanding of place-based climate action in the UK. The fund provides small grants for both research and the development of policy and practice.

The 2020 funding round will make four to six awards worth £5,000 to £35,000 each, for a total of £125,000.

Themes for 2020
The PCAN Fund is inviting proposals for projects that address the following issues:

  • The interface between local climate action and economic regeneration in terms of communities, investment and skills (e.g., recovery from deindustrialisation, conflict, Covid-19).
  • New business and community engagement models for climate resilience and adaptation at the local level.
  • Place-based climate action in rural areas, covering aspects such as rural housing, rural transport, rural communities and the rural economy.
  • Approaches to climate action in the context of multi-level governance, for example at the local and regional scales.
  • Other innovative proposals on place-based climate action in the UK.

Applications are invited from businesses, policymakers, NGOs and academic researchers.

The PCAN Fund can support a number of activities, including:

  • research (aimed preferentially at early career researchers)
  • the co-production of decision-relevant knowledge
  • public engagement (e.g., events, campaigns)
  • skill development (e.g. training, secondments)

Application timeline
Proposals are evaluated in a two-stage process:

  • Stage 1: This consists of a short expression of interest. Stage 1 proposals need to be submitted by 26 May 2020.
  • Stage 2: Shortlisted applicants will be informed in mid-June 2020 and invited to submit a fuller Stage 2 proposal (about 5-10 pages) by mid-July. Successful applicants will be informed in early September so that projects can start in the autumn of 2020.

How to apply
Find out more about the application process and ways to apply on the PCAN Cities website.

The deadline for submissions at Stage 1 is 26 May 2020.

First published 30 April 2020