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Museum gets support from Community Climate Asset Fund

Russian Arctic Convoy Museum supported by Community Climate Asset Fund Contributing to a green and just recovery from COVID-19. The Russian Arctic Convoy Museum in Aultbea has secured a share of funding made available through the Scottish Government’s Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF). They have been awarded a CCAF grant totalling £99,561.60.
The CCAF is administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, and 279 community-based organisations from across Scotland have been awarded more than £3.2 million of
funding to tackle climate change. Building on the invaluable contribution that community-based organisations aremaking to Scotland’s COVID-19 response, the CCAF will help them to play a prominent role in the green recovery by providing capital funding for a variety of items which will help tackle climate change as Scotland accelerates its just transition to a net zero society.
The grant awarded to the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum will be spent on the removal of asbestos, new wall insulation, new windows, a new roof, and more efficient lighting, to help reduce local carbon emissions by making the venue more environmentally friendly.

John Casson, Co-Chairman for the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum said:
“The Community Climate Asset Fund comes from the Scottish Government and we were awarded just under £100,000. RACP has had to match this with just under £25,000.”
“This money is being used to provide the museum with a much needed new roof, new windows and wall insulation. In consequence our costs to heat the building and preserve the collection will be greatly reduced and the improvements are friendly to the environment.”
“The work is about to start and we hope to have it concluded by the end of March which is a condition of the grant.”

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:
“Communities across the country are playing a vital role in responding to the pandemic crisis and in maintaining our resilience, our sense of spirit and our local support network.
“In what remains an exceptionally difficult time for us all, this funding is providing fast, tangible support to deliver long-lasting benefits to community based organisations while also helping them tackle climate change as we accelerate our just transition to a net zero society.
“I am particularly pleased that the successful recipients of the Community Climate Asset Fund come from right across the country, meaning many thousands of people will benefit from the projects and help play their part in ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change.”

Barry Fisher, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said:
“We congratulate all the community-based organisations across Scotland awarded Community Climate Asset Fund grants. “We are committed to making Scotland clean, green and sustainable, and through the Community Climate Asset Fund, we are delighted to support communities to tackle climate change and contribute to a green and just
recovery from COVID-19.”

The CCAF is designed to support communities to reduce usage of petrol and diesel cars, cut waste, grow local food, and reduce emissions from community buildings. Community-based organisations have secured funding for items including electric vehicles and bikes, energy efficiency measures in community buildings, and equipment to grow food and tackle waste.

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