Harper welcomes £182k for Portobello, £5.5 million for Scotland

Today Green MSP Robin Harper and Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead announced £5.5m of funding for community projects across Scotland. The funding, which includes £172,000 for Portobello’s Transition Town project and a total of more than £600,000 around Edinburgh, is the latest round of Climate Challenge Fund money to be awarded. (1)

The nine other projects funded in and around Edinburgh today are:

Bits and Bobs (Intowork): £66,248

Transition Edinburgh South: £79,417

Grassmarket Community Project: £15,279

Balerno Village Trust: £53,867

Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre: £53,324 Edinburgh Rudolph Steiner School Trust Ltd: £22,140 North Edinburgh Trust: £32,523 Transition Edinburgh South: £49,979 Greenworks (Scotland ) Limited: £63,293

Speaking at the Portobello Transition Town project as the funding was announced, Robin Harper MSP said:

“The Climate Challenge Fund is a chance for communities to innovate and lead, and to find opportunities instead of problems. Portobello, like many other communities across Scotland, has risen to this challenge, and I am proud to be here on the day the Portobello Transition Town project receives this crucial funding. They are pioneers in the true sense, setting an example which will be followed by other communities both across Scotland and beyond. Across Edinburgh there has been a real wave of excitement this time, with ten projects around the capital backed today to the tune of more than £600,000.

“The Climate Challenge Fund has been one of the great successes of this session, and we have been delighted to have been able to persuade Scottish Ministers to fund community ideas of this sort. The map of Scotland is covered with 232 extraordinary and diverse projects it has funded, and more than £27m has been invested. This funding has laid the groundwork for sustainable jobs across the country, for greener and more fulfilling ways of living, and for the low carbon communities of the future.”

Greenworks Scotland also recieved funding today, and Robin Harper MSP continued:

“I was delighted to visit Greenworks Scotland earlier this year to help it launch, and I am now even happier to see that Greenworks has received funding from the Climate Challenge Fund. It is a superb project, with potential to help Edinburgh’s residents improve their homes and build a low carbon city. My congratulations to everyone at Greenworks Scotland.”

Stan Blackley, Chairman of Greenworks Scotland, added:

“We are over the moon about getting this funding from the Climate Challenge Fund. We would like to thank Robin Harper MSP for his support for our fledgling enterprise, and everyone at the Climate Challenge Fund for sharing our vision of a low carbon city. This funding will take us another step towards establishing Edinburgh’s first green building material resource centre, and will help us to engage with the local community and Edinburgh public alike, to allow them to source reclaimed or re-designed materials, take part in hands-on workshops, use our premises to undertake their own renovation projects, or get advice on low carbon living, including insulation and green roofs. We are thrilled!”


1. The Green MSPs secured this funding as part of Budget negotiations with Scottish Ministers in 2008. The £27.4 Climate Challenge Fund is designed to support innovative and locally-led projects to cut carbon emissions and build sustainable communities. For more information, see http://www.climatechallengefund.org