Waterford City and County Council is looking for community groups who would like to carry out local climate action projects. It could be anything from retrofitting community buildings, installing bicycle parking, setting up a repair hub, starting a community fridge, initiatives to promote biodiversity – the sky is the limit!
 
Waterford City and County Council, in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications launched the Community Climate Action Programme earlier this year. The programme aims to support small and large, rural and urban communities to take climate action at a local level and provide these communities with the opportunities to take a holistic approach and actively shape their transition to a low carbon and sustainable community.
 
Funding is available for 100% of the project and communities can apply for up to €20,000, €50,000 or €100,000.
 
Projects of interest would address the themes of energy; travel; food and waste; shopping and recycling; and local climate and environmental action. Projects can include a suite of measures, not just one specific action and successful applicants under this scheme will deliver a variety of projects that have a direct climate action impact.
 
Eligible communities must be:

  • not-for-profit
  • located in the operational area of Waterford City and County Council
  • registered with the PPN or connected with other collectives such as the Wheel, Tidy Towns and /or a community group with Articles of Association or a Constitution, which hold an AGM, and for which approved minutes are available.
Examples of eligible groups include local charities, community centres, local environmental groups, sports clubs, social enterprises etc.
 
Groups are encouraged to get in touch with Waterford City and County Council’s Community Climate Action Officer to discuss and develop their project ideas.  Applications for the Programme will be accepted from Thursday, November 9th 2023 until Friday, January 19th 2024.
 
All communities are welcome to apply, from those who are starting their green journey to those with more experience.
 
Interested groups are invited to attend a webinar overview of the programme on Thursday, November 9th  and / or Planning your project for the Community Climate Action Programme  on Tuesday, November 14th.  Groups can register by clicking this link.
 
For further information about the Community Climate Action Programme contact Waterford City and County Council’s Community Climate Action Officer, Susan Lee by email climateaction@waterfordcouncil.ie or visit https://bit.ly/Waterford-CCAP