Local communities and the climate crisis

Closing date: 9 March 2020 - 2:00 pm


Local Trust is commissioning research to understand how communities can thrive in a climate-changing world. This research will guide Local Trust to deliver relevant support and advocacy for the communities we serve. In particular, this research will focus on the climate justice agenda, and the need to pay attention to the ‘left behind areas’ that may be adversely affected by the impacts of climate change as well as the policy response.

Local Trust is an independent charitable trust that runs the Big Local programme. Big Local is a 15-year Big Lottery funded initiative to support 150 communities in England. Each Big Local area has been awarded £1m to spend over 10-15 years. The work in areas is led by local volunteers, and areas set their own priorities. As well as delivering the Big Local programme, Local Trust also provides training, networking, research and support to areas.

The climate crisis is affecting every aspect of life on Earth, and local communities are no exception. Recent research highlights that both extreme weather and changes to the economy could exacerbate or reinforce existing inequalities in poorer and more deprived communities. We want to help ensure that these communities are not disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

While many aspects of our collective response to climate change will be national or international, there is an opportunity and a need within this crisis for residents to shape local responses and for communities to have a strong influence over the nature of the future, post-carbon economy. Indeed, some Big Local areas are already demonstrating how they are uniquely situated to respond to the crisis, making themselves more resilient to extreme weather by creating stronger, better-connected communities; creating climate change-ready places by managing greenspaces and planting trees; starting to produce their own energy and insulating homes; and improving local public transport.

Submitting a proposal

Please send your proposal as a PDF document (plus CVs) to:  Georgie Burr at georgie.burr@localtrust.org.uk

 Proposals to be submitted by:  Monday 9th March 2020, 14.00 (UK time)

Subject: Please include TENDER: CLIMATE AND COMMUNITY RESEARCH as the subject line

Following this process, we intend to shortlist a small number of potential contractors to invite for interview week commencing 16th March 2020.

Any questions relating to this invitation to tender should be emailed to georgie.burr@localtrust.org.uk with subject line QUERY: CLIMATE AND COMMUNITY RESEARCH.

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