The Scottish Government has awarded over GBP6.9m to 43 groups across the country for the next three years under the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).

The CCF helps communities reduce their carbon footprints.

Scotland aims to reach climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

The current round of applications was assessed by an independent grants panel.

The applications in the latest round of the CCF include Ross-shire Waste Action Network, Highlands, will receive £179,447 for their ‘R U up 4 it!’ project.

The three-year R U up 4 it!’ project aims to reduce carbon emissions of schools and communities centered around Dingwall and Charleston Academies.

Sustaining Dunbar, East Lothian, will receive £450,000 over three years to enable behaviour change with a combination of projects supporting food growing, reducing food waste and composting, home energy saving, and travel behaviour change.

Moffat Carbon Approaching Neutral, Dumfries and Galloway, will also receive £89,378 to lower the carbon footprint of young people, including school pupils, Guides, and Scouts.

The Scottish Government’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson said the Government is tackling climate change from the grass-roots up and this latest funding round will support 43 projects with a total of £6.9m support, demonstrating that communities in Scotland are serious about addressing their carbon footprint.

"The Scottish Government is already receiving applications for the next round and I look foward to hearing about the many exciting new projects from all corners of the country," Stevenson said.