PROJECTS in Winsford dedicated to reducing carbon emissions could soon benefit from their share of more than £7 million.

A climate emergency fund has been launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council to support organisations and schemes designed to cut carbon across the borough.

Between now and September 30, applicants can submit bids for a share of £300,000 in the first round of funding, before a further £7 million will be made available between 2021 and 2024.

Cllr Matt Bryan, CWAC's cabinet member for climate emergency, said: "Our council recognises the scale and urgency of our ambition to make Cheshire West a carbon neutral borough by 2045.

"The evidence is clear that climate change poses a massive threat to our way of life and the longer we wait, the more challenging this issue becomes.

"I believe that working together to deliver carbon benefits as quickly as possible – with council and community-led projects – will aid our borough in pursuit of the challenge we face.

"The climate emergency fund is a significant investment to help us support a range of local organisations deliver their priorities and projects linked to reducing carbon emissions."

Successful applicants will need to provide evidence that their projects can be implemented swiftly and will make a positive contribution to the borough’s ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2045.

Eligible organisations include town and parish councils, voluntary organisations, community groups, small charities and other not-for-profit-organisations.

Council-run services and council companies can also apply for the cash.

Examples of projects eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Renewable energy projects
  • Energy efficiency projects
  • Heat pump projects
  • Zero or low carbon transport
  • Waste reduction
  • Natural capital or natural environment projects

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