COP26 Community Fund

To celebrate and continue the momentum of the COP26 event in Glasgow, we have allocated £160k for the 2022/2023 period to this fund. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have found a refuge in outdoor spaces. They have become more conscious of the state of the natural environment and they have renewed their sense of community.

The COP26 community fund will support community-led sustainability projects across the Eden district. These include tackling climate change, protecting and enhancing biodiversity and reducing carbon emissions.

Aim of the fund

The COP26 community fund scheme aims to:

  • Improve the natural environment in the Eden district.
  • Encourage sustainability and long-term actions.
  • Promote community engagement and participation in environmental and sustainability projects.

This fund will help us to reach our goal of net-zero by 2030. We hope that it will have a range of benefits for the residents of Eden. It could increase the use of renewable energy. It could help to promote and enhance natural habitats and biodiversity. Reducing air pollution would help to improve the health and well-being of the residents of Eden.

Who can apply?

Grants are available to community groups and organisations. Applicants must show how their project or event will contribute to the sustainability of Eden’s communities.

Apply for a grant from the fund

Read the COP26 Guidance Document (PDF 294 Kb / 7 pages) that includes more information on the eligibility criteria and the application process.

Complete the COP26 Application Form (DOC 394 Kb / 11 pages) and return to the address at the bottom of the form.

What was COP26?

COP26 was the 2021 United Nations annual climate change conference. COP stands for Conference of the Parties. Parties are the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This is a treaty agreed in 1994 which has 197 Parties (196 countries and the EU). The 2021 conference took place in Glasgow and was hosted by the UK and Italy. It was the 26th meeting of the Parties which is why it was called COP26.

United Nations climate change conferences are among the largest international meetings in the world. The negotiations between governments are complex and involve officials from every country in the world. Representatives from civil society and the global news media also attend.

Last updated: Monday, 4 July, 2022.