The Highlands and Islands Climate Change Community Grant, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and delivered by the British Science Association (BSA) and Science Ceilidh, is supporting communities in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to work together with researchers on addressing local climate change issues.  

Here we bring together a suite of research, resources, case studies, videos and more from the scheme. 

Research and learnings

UKRI: Impact story

UKRI provides an overview of the programme, explores how it has created collaborative and more equitable relationships between communities and researchers, and shares learning outcomes to date.

Read UKRI's impact story

Phase one evaluation report: Executive summary

Through a series of interviews with the community organisers and researchers involved in the first phase of the grant scheme, external evaluator Dr Heather Mendick brought together key learnings from these projects, which collectively represent an exploration of both community climate action and research and in creating more equitable collaborative relationships between communities and researchers.

Read the executive summary of our phase one impact report

Phase one: Reflections from participants 

In this video, we hear from some of the participants about their learnings from the phase one community-researcher partnerships.

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Community of practice: Artwork

Illustrator Phoebe Roze created an artwork to summarise discussions at the programme's community of practice meeting in Inverness on 1 November 2022.

Illustration by Phoebe Roze of discussions at a Community of Practice meeting in November 2022

Case studies

The GRAB Trust: Waste free takeaways  

The GRAB Trust was awarded a grant to work with researchers to develop and deliver a three-month trial to reduce waste by supporting cafes in Oban to encourage their customers to switch from single-use plastic to reusable cups.  

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Green Hive: Net zero Nairn

Green Hive was awarded a grant to work with an independent researcher to explore the impact of the charity’s work to date and identify new project areas which address the ideas and concerns of local people with regards to the Nairnshire environment.

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The Knoydart Foundation: Household carbon audit

The Knoydart Foundation was awarded a grant to develop and deliver a community-led carbon audit of the Knoydart Peninsula, in partnership with a researcher, and work towards setting a timeline for achieving net zero 

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Seaweed Gardens

The Seaweed Gardens collective of food growers, creatives and scientists, based in Oban, experimented with using seaweed fertilisers to grow vegetables. They developed a programme of creative and community activities, culminating in a harvest festival, community meal and exhibition in September 2022. 

News and blogs

Explore the latest news and blogs about the grant scheme:

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