Welcome to SCCAN's January 2019 Newsletter
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The new year is still young but it is already back in full swing - not just at Westminster. In this month's newsletter, we'd like to share with you the following:

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SCCAN community groups scoop up prestigious CCF Awards

   Two SCCAN member organisations have been recognised for their impactful work at the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) Annual Award Ceremony in Perth before the Christmas holidays in December - Greener Kirkcaldy and SCORE Scotland.
     Greener Kirkcaldy was awarded with the prestigious award for their "Outstanding Contribution" to reducing local carbon emissions in the last decade and building capacity at an organisational, community and regional level and SCORE Scotland for its Green Futures Project and its community-driven food growing activities targeted specifically at ethnic minorities. The Panel were "impressed with the holistic approach taken to link food choices to carbon emissions and climate change".

...and share their experiences in the CCF Gathering    

Philip Revell, in his double role of Convenor of SCCAN and member organisation Sustaining Dunbar, shared his reflections on ten years of the CCF, drawing on personal experience of projects in Dunbar as well as a wider knowledge gleaned from SCCAN members.
He advocated for less of a focus on short-term carbon savings and more on supporting projects that build resilient communities with potential for bringing about real transformational change -and hence much larger emission reductions in the long-term. 
Recognising that Climate Change affects the vulnerable communities of the Global South first, the Scottish Government reminded participants that is has set up the Climate Justice Fund for cooperation with Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.
If you missed the CCF Panel Discussion watch the replay here
Inspirational Quote of the Month

“A Just Transition for workers and communities currently dependent on high carbon industries is essential for a successful response to the climate emergency we are facing. We urgently need transformative change across all sectors to avert the economic and environmental costs of climate change, protect jobs, and to rebalance the economy to one which provides enough decent jobs making and doing things in non-polluting ways.

“The current marketised energy system has failed to deliver on the transformation required, therefore a Just Transition approach should be firmly embedded in the Publicly Owned Energy Company and Scottish National Investment Bank to drive forward the necessary change.” —  Mary Church, Head of Campaigns, Friends of the Earth Scotland

Introducing Sociocracy as a model of governance for community organisations

Introducing Sociocracy
Sat 23 February 2019, 10am-5pm
Paterson's Land G.21, Moray House, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

Are you keen to improve decision-making and governance of organisations in Scotland? Come to Introducing Sociocracy with Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, co-founder of Sociocracy For All!

Jerry will introduce you to Sociocracy also known as Dynamic Governance:
  • How organisations can make effective decisions,
  • How you can empower and connect teams and
  • How to continuously improve processes over time.
Role plays will enable you to experience the clarity, consideration and flow that Sociocracy brings. You will leave with a big picture of the possibilities, practical tools to start using right away, and a vivid experience of what a Sociocratic group feels like.
More info & Tickets
Implementing Sociocracy for better decisions
Sun 24 February 2019, 10am-5pm
St Leonard's Land 3.24, Moray House, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

Have you some experience of Sociocracy / Dynamic Governance / attending Saturday’s introductory session and want to know more? Jerry Koch-Gonzalez leads a session: Implementing Sociocracy
In this second participatory workshop, Jerry uses stories, role plays and short talks to explore many questions about Implementing Sociocracy, such as:
  • How to design an Agenda that works for everyone?
  • How to facilitate effective ways to take difficult Decisions?
  • How to make it safe to deliver or receive hard-to-hear Feedback?
  • How to build clear doable measures into Proposals?
Jerry chooses the questions to focus on and frames the content in response to attendees’ needs. This session will give you a roadmap for introducing Sociocracy in your own organisation and some of the skills needed to implement Dynamic Governance
More info & Tickets

New "Future Voices"
podcast training workshop
and skillshare

In this half-day, practical workshop you will learn the basic skills of using your smart-phone to record short audio interviews which you can edit into short podcasts using freely available editing software. The session will be run by SCCAN volunteers who will be sharing the skills they learnt in our training days (with Media Education) last Autumn and the experience they have gained since.  

‘Future voices’ is SCCAN’s participatory podcast project. The aim is to give voice to community-led climate action -giving community activists, working on community-led, climate action projects, the skills and confidence to start using audio as a new means of telling their stories.

This is a free event for community activists but places are limited and booking is essential.
Book your podcast training place here


New year - fresh ideas for new projects? Here are some funding and support opportunities to help you make those projects happen:

The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) offers a range of financial support to local energy projects. The main funding streams for new applicants are:

  • CARES Enablement Grant – Up to £25K where the value of the grant will be capped based on innovation or scheme complexity and can be used to fund feasibility for energy systems or renewable energy projects, investigation of shared ownership opportunities or work to maximise the impact from community benefit association with renewable energy projects.
  • CARES Development Loan – Up to £150K (10% interest rate) can be provided for projects with a reasonable chance of success. The loans can include a write-off facility that allows development risk to be mitigated by allowing the applicant to apply to change the loan to a grant should the project be unable progress.    
  • CARES Innovation Grant – Up to £150K to either fund innovation activity or improve the viability of projects by grant funding elements of the project.
The 4th funding round has just opened - deadline to apply is 25 February 2019.
For more info about CARES and how to apply click here.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - Main Grants - Grants of up to £500,000 are available to organisations doing legally charitable work in the UK that focuses on the Foundation's funding priorities in the arts, children and young people, the environment, food or social change. More info here.

The Social Enterprise Academy helps people use their personal strengths to build sustainable enterprises and achieve greater social impact. Their learning and development programmes focus on learning by doing and are flexible, practical and responsive. Join a programme in your area or work with them to develop a tailored programme for your organisation or network.

Upcoming Events

Power of Community Online Summit: Climate Change and Consciousness
1-10 February 2019

Don't miss this amazing event with some of the major inspirational changemakers of our time!

The Power of Community Summit is an entirely free, online experience organized with the goal of catalyzing community, exploring the leading edge of the regenerative future movement and increasing our collective consciousness in a climate-changing world.

It will take place February 1-10, 2019 and will feature three conversations per day shared live and discussed worldwide on multiple platforms.

To see the full list of speakers and to see which interviews are live at any given time, visit
We regularly update our facebook page and twitter with the latest news and events, make sure you are following us!

Like SCCAN January 2019 Community News on Facebook
Strategies to bring communities and municipalities together on Climate Action!
Thu 17th January 2019, 3-5pm
This webinar is now available as a recording - as are the previous webinars fom the series - here.

Municipalities in Transition bring you this fantastic opportunity to learn how European initiatives are managing to creatively engage with their local authorities. 

The co-presenters of the webinar are:

  • Cristiano Bottone (Transition Italia)
  • Luìs Keel Pereira (Centro Convergência Telheiras)
  • Oscar Gussinyer (
  • Lucia Aboutaoufik (21solutions)
This blog post from Municipalities in Transition includes an outstanding list of different resources to make facilitation of groups, events and meetings as effective as possible.

This blog is on how important is the cultivation of relationships with funders, as a way to open dialogue and establish trust.

MiT's take on the idea of scale of community and bioregion.

SCCAN's Pam Candea has put together resourced from her Climate Justice workshop designed for use by Community Groups.

New Members

This month, we have had a record number of new membership applications. We are therefore very happy to welcome the following 17 (!) organisations and individuals to the SCCAN family:
  1. Climate Innovation Hub Scotland North

  2. The HEAT Project

  3. Earthtime's Up Project

  4. Development Trusts Association Scotland

  5. Lairg & District Learning Centre

  6. Remade Network


  8. Soulriders Scotland

  9. Parklea Association Branching Out Ltd

  10. Glasgow Community Food Network

  11. The Community Partnership

  12. GoBike Strathclyde Cycle Campaign

  13. Edinburgh Interfaith Association (EIFA)

    PLUS several individual members which we are not naming for privacy reasons.
    Welcome to all!

Be next to join SCCAN's growing network - click here!

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