Hamburg’s Ministry for the Environment has set aside EUR 450,000 to fund local environment protection measures by 2020. The grant, dubbed #moinzukunft-Klimafonds, will make funds available for initiatives and to associations or sponsors of projects as diverse as exchange apps, zero-waste campaigns, climate education for children, climate-friendly festivals, cargo bike sharing for suburbs or insect hotels.
Entire society impacted by climate protection
Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment, presented the new grant during a press trip aboard the solar-energy operated Alstersonne’ catamaran. Climate protection affects the entire society and we will only make progress, if civil society participates actively and creatively, he said. While there is no shortage of ideas for local climate protection, funds are often lacking and especially for small projects.
Up to EUR 20,000 per project
The funds will be released by the Hamburger Klimaschutzstiftung, which will administer the grant on behalf of the ministry. Subsidies of up to EUR 5,000 will be approved in a simplified and accelerated procedure. Projects will be allocated a maximum of EUR 20,000 respectively following a decision by a jury.
Foundation to administer funds
Karin Gaedicke, Chair of the Board of the Hamburger Klimaschutzstiftung, said: “We are happy to administer the funds as the project is close to the heart of the climate protection foundation.” This type of support has been missing in the city so far. Frank Böttcher, Board Member of the Hamburger Klimaschutzstiftung, noted: “We have to pick up speed now. We all need to come up with ideas and initiatives to slow down climate change.” Founded in 2008, the foundation sponsors the Gut Karlshöhe environmental centre in Bramfeld. Funded by the city, the centre is committed to environmental education, climate protection and sustainability.