>> 3 December 2009

Local SNP councillor Linda Clark has welcomed the announcement that Woodend Arts Association are to receive funding of £7900 from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

Communities across Scotland have been awarded over £3.6 million from the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) to help reduce their carbon footprint and become more energy efficient.

Nearly £30 million in total will be awarded to communities who come forward with innovative ideas to tackle their carbon emissions. The money will allow people to play their role in tackling climate change, proving that the smallest action can make the biggest difference.

Successful projects benefitting from the sixth round of CCF include household carbon audits, the largest community owned windfarm, studies into bio-diesel potential and a regeneration programme creating local jobs.

Commenting, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, who announced the successful bids this week, said:

"Climate change will change our lives and the environment. The Climate Challenge Fund is helping to generate grassroots action across Scotland and once again we have received a huge number of applications. I am encouraged by the innovative methods displayed by communities and businesses at each round of funding, and round six is no exception."

Banchory & Mid-Deeside SNP councillor Linda Clark added:

"I'm delighted for the Woodend Arts Association that they have been successful in bringing some of this funding to our area.

"It is certainly an innovative scheme to help communities and local groups while at the same time helping the environment and I hope that other projects can benefit from the same scheme in future."

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