Launching this week, Brent Council is devolving decisions about how to allocate a £500k climate fund to local people. It comes as the UK gears up to host COP26 in November and follows other national and local projects to involve communities in grappling with the climate and ecological emergency.
From today, the wider community is being invited submit project ideas for tackling climate change. Once applications close, all residents will be encouraged to join a “YOU Decide Decision Day” where they can vote on which projects to fund and how the £500k should be split.
This is the first time Brent Council is trialling ‘Participatory Budgeting’ which puts the community at the heart of decision-making and empowers residents to decide how some council cash is spent to benefit the community. It follows a string of citizen-led activities, from the Brent Climate Assembly to the Brent Environmental Network.
Councillor Krupa Sheth, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “From flooding to heatwaves, families are already seeing the very real impacts of climate change across the world. That’s why we believe it’s so important to give residents a say in how we tackle these issues. This is what participatory budgeting – which we call You Decide – is all about.
“I’m grateful to all of the members of the CO2GO Resident Planning Group who have worked so hard to get us to this point. We need international, national and local action from all of us to tackle the climate and ecological emergency and this pot of money is part of the council’s commitment to do everything possible to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.”
To apply for the Carbon Offset Fund, and find out more about upcoming information events, residents and organisations should visit our website
There are two pots available:
Pot 1: £400,000 Apply for up to £10,000 per household to reduce carbon and save energy costs. Residents can join up with others in their community to form clusters of connected houses, flats or a combination.
Pot 2: £100,000 Organisations can apply for between £500 and £20,000 for projects that deliver education and awareness to reduce the carbon footprint in Brent