Fingal County Council launched the new Community Climate Action Programme, offering grants to groups across the county.
From a national fund of €24 million, Fingal County Council has been allocated a total of €1.1m for community /not-for-profit groups within the county, who are interested in developing projects and initiatives which relate to the challenge of addressing climate change.
The overall objective of ‘Community Climate Action Fingal’ is to empower large and small, rural and urban communities, in partnership with Fingal County Council, to develop local low-carbon sustainable communities, in a practical and structured way, which will contribute to the national effort to address carbon emissions.
The Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Adrian Henchy welcomed the programme, stating that, “community action is at the heart of how we make Fingal a more sustainable and liveable county. The main focus is to enable community climate action, to lower emissions. I would encourage people to find out more and discuss potential projects locally.”
Director of Services of Fingal County Council David Storey commented, “we welcome groups to find out more about ‘Community Climate Action Fingal’ and we commit to supporting you in every way possible to deliver quality climate action projects.”
Eligible groups include Tidy Towns, residents groups, voluntary not-for-profit organisations, sports clubs (all sports) and community centres. Schools and educational facilities are not eligible for this particular funding.
Each application must cover 5 themes: Community Energy, Travel, Food and Waste, Shopping and Recycling and Local Climate and Environmental Action. Every project should aim to lower emissions.
There are three grant scales:
- Small grants up to €20k
- Medium grants up to 50k
- Large grants up to €100k
There is just a 12-week window to develop applications, the closing date for submission is Wednesday 28th February 2024. Groups are advised to start applications as early as possible.
Many groups will partner with other groups in the applications to cover the various themes. Each application will be developed in partnership with Fingal County Council so groups interested are advised to find out as much as possible about the grant by attending one of the outreach events listed below.
Source: Fingal County Council