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Communities Living Sustainably

Supporting communities in England to live and work in a more sustainable way
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Funding size:
£10,000 - £1 million
Total available:
Up to £10 million
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed

What's it all about?

This programme is now closed for applications.

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The Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) programme supports a range of different communities, including vulnerable groups, living in geographically diverse communities to tackle the impacts of climate change focusing on social, economic and environmental challenges.

Each funded partnership was lead by a registered charity. Partnerships had to include each section of the community – its residents, businesses, voluntary and community sector and public sector.

The programme had up to £10 million available. Projects were able to apply for up to £10,000 to develop a project delivery plan and grants were available of between £500,000 and £1million for up to 5 years. This was mainly a revenue programme and we only funded up to £60,000 capital costs.

Grants supported all partners to come together to draw up and implement a plan to help their community live and work more sustainably. The plans had to include inter-related actions covering both mitigation activities, activities focussed on changing behaviours, and adaptation activities, activities that allow communities and individuals to cope better with the impact of climate change. Through this programme we want to establish widespread understanding between climate change and the issues of poverty, health, housing, security and well-being and influence those we fund, other funders and wider communities.

30 projects were funded at development stage and 12 projects at full application stage.

Learning is at the centre of the CLS initiative. We want to use the learning from this initiative to add to and influence policy and practice in Government, communities and business, and to help shape our funding under the wider strategy pre and post 2015. Using early and real time learning will be crucial get the most out of this investment, allowing projects to change over time based on emerging evidence of what works and what doesn’t.

The projects are now up and running. The first learning report was published in January 2014, on the theme of community energy.


Organisation Types

  • Public sector organisation
  • Voluntary or community organisation


  • Environment


  • Voluntary and community sector organisations