Date lodged: 18 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what involvement (a) ministers and (b) its officials have with award decisions for the Climate Challenge Fund.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 28 March 2019
An independent panel makes recommendations to Ministers on which projects to support through the Climate Challenge Fund. The Panel has representatives from community groups, the third sector and local government and includes two representatives of young people. The Panel assesses each project to ensure that minimum funding criteria are met.
Officials are not involved in the decision-making process, but attend the Panel meetings as observers, and prepare the Panel’s recommendations for Ministers, including an assessment of affordability.
Scottish Ministers take the final decisions about which projects to support based on the advice from the Panel. To date, Ministers have accepted the Panel’s recommendations and funded all projects for which funding was available.