Climate Action Fund bid success

A major funding bid to drive environmental change in Middlesbrough has been a success.

4 Sep 2020

The bid to the national Climate Action Fund - led by Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC), with partners including Thirteen and Middlesbrough Council - has secured £1.6m in National Lottery funding to work across sustainable food, transport, domestic energy use, waste and natural environment.

The grant will help the Climate Action Middlesbrough Partnership raise awareness of sustainable living and reduce the town's carbon footprint.

Thirteen’s Senior environmental manager Sam Granger said: “This is fantastic news. We have pledged our commitment to reducing Thirteen’s environmental impact and this is a great opportunity to work together to make some real changes to protect the environment, that will be beneficial to our customers."

Mark Fishpool, Director of Middlesbrough Environment City, said: “With the shared enthusiasm and commitment of partners, this is our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage local communities and young people in taking action to address climate change and create a sustainable future for our town."

The grants are the first to be announced as part of the National Lottery Community Fund Climate Action Programme, a ten-year £100 million fund that will reduce the carbon footprint of communities and support community led movements that can demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change.

Funding from The National Lottery Community Fund will support these projects to work together, share learning and be catalysts for broader and transformative change.