PLEASE NOTE THIS FUND IS NOW CLOSED
VOTING CLOSED - RESULTS DUE END OF OCTOBER
The Just Transition Fund is a £500 million ten-year commitment from The Scottish Government that will support projects in the North East and Moray which contribute towards the region’s transition to net zero.
The Fund was announced in recognition of the particular need to diversify the regional economy away from carbon-intensive industries and to capitalise on the opportunities, including jobs and prosperity, that the transition to net zero will bring.
Fid out more about the application timeline below - and have a look at some of the projects that were awarded funding last time.
For more information, visit www.jtpbfund.scot.
In Year One, with the help of over 100,000 public votes, tsiMORAY, Money for Moray, ACVO and Volunteer Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, Nescan Hub and the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) worked in partnership to support and distribute £1 million to 45 green projects throughout communities in the northeast of Scotland.
Find out more about putting in an application by visiting us at one of our Roadshows happening across Moray.
Find out more about the Fund at https://www.jtpbfund.scot.
Year One Funded Projects
Forres Area Community Trust
Thermal Wool Insulation Installed at Forres Town Hall
This spring, 497 rolls of thermal wool insulation were installed at Forres Town Hall with funds secured from the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund.
The Forres Area Community Trust is currently undertaking a substantial renovation of this beloved building, and insulation was a crucial step in reducing overall running costs, carbon footprint, and making sure the Hall is warm and toasty for local people and community groups who make great use of this community space.
Elgin and District Men's Shed
The Switch to Battery Driven Power Tools
The Elgin & District Men's Shed upgrade of their power tools to battery driven, is lowering their energy costs AND making it easier for them to help more community groups with diy projects.
The successful application to the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund spurred on their decision to work towards the Shed being completely carbon neutral in the next two or three years.
They are now looking at installing a small solar/wind generation system which will power a battery and it will be used to charge the batteries for the tools. Any spare power will be used to power LED lights, thereby further decreasing their dependence on electricity from the grid.
'Who would have thought that an application to the JT PB exercise would have such a positive effect on our organisation so we offer our heart-felt thanks to those people who voted for our application'.
The Circular Economy Keeps Rolling
ReBOOT, a charity and social enterprise based in Moray, was fortunate to receive enough votes from the public to go forward with the purchase of a new van. ReBOOT had been running an old unreliable van which was costing the enterprise considerable revenue each year. In addition to an unreliable van, new carbon zones introduced in 2022 would restrict their ability to collect redundant technology from city centre locations. Inevitably without a more reliable van, ReBOOT would have to look at closing their operations.
The new van has now meant increased collections of redundant IT -- which keeps more tech out of landfill. With more room to collect more items, the van is also giving volunteers space to stand up during loading and unloading!
With a lifeline of a van secured, ReBOOT can continue to create new products with recycled waste, provide training, employment and bespoke volunteer opportunities, and give re-furbed technology to people who need it most....
'To say we're over the moon is an understatement.'
Transition Town Forres
Community Composting & Wormery
The Community Garden at Transition Town Forres has six new large composting bays and several hot bin composters to properly deal with excess garden waste.
A new wood shedder is also helping with larger bits of composting and path work too. A wormery is also now open to local school children, who are learning about the importance of the composting process.
All purchases made possible by the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund; Inspiration made possible by Transition Town Forres.
Meeting with REAP Scotland's energy advice team in Keith is easier now, thanks to new technology and improvements made for disabled access.
At a time when their advice is most needed, REAP's commitment to tackling rural poverty and inequalities, has helped the most vulnerable households receive home visits too, improving people's access to affordable energy options.
All of this made possible by funding from the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund.