Mr Eamon Ryan, TD Minister of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications announced on Wednesday 10 November, 2021 the launch of the Community Climate Action Programme: Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing (Strand 2).

The purpose of this funding is to facilitate eligible organisations to collaboratively develop supports, tools, know-how and approaches to assist local communities take climate action. The strand focus is on climate education, capacity building and learning by doing which involves moving beyond ‘raising awareness’ to build the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to respond to challenges of climate change at a community level. It is necessary for successful proposals to demonstrate inclusivity in design and practice, so that no one is left behind.

In particular, the strand seeks to support projects that have a relevant partnership approach and that include a demonstration component or pilot phase to validate the supports developed.

The Department of Environment, Climate & Communications (DECC) aims to fund a diverse range of projects under five themes:

  • Home/Energy;
  • Travel;
  • Food and Waste;
  • Shopping and Recycling;
  • Local Climate and Environmental Action. 

Grant amount that eligible organisations can apply for:

  • €50,000 to €100,000 (up to 18 month proposal)
  • €101,000 to €500,000 (up to 36 month proposal)

The programme welcomes applications from organisations who operate at a National or Regional level including not for profit organisations, non-government organisations, universities, third level institutions, community and voluntary organisations, social enterprises and libraries.  Partnerships/Consortiums are encouraged to apply. 

Visit the Community Climate Action Programme: Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing (Strand 2) page of the Pobal website for more information including guidelines and a copy of the online application form.

The online application portal opened for applications on Monday 15 November and will close on 14 January 2022.