Ballyhoura Development is encouraging community groups across the Ballyhoura area to explore the recently opened Community Climate Action Programme to support local climate action projects.

The funding will support communities to build low-carbon, sustainable communities.

Limerick City and County Council has been allocated a grant of €811,000 and Cork County Council has been allocated €1,241,000 million to support locally-led projects, by the Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications.

Projects must have a direct climate action impact and groups are encouraged to submit applications that align with one or more of the five programme themes of:

  1. Building/Energy
  2. Travel
  3. Food & Waste
  4. Shopping & Recycling
  5. Local Climate and Environmental Action.

Successful communities will be selected following an Expression of Interest (application) phase and must then deliver their direct climate action project over 18 months.

The Community Climate Action Programme grants can fund up to 100% of all eligible costs.

The three levels of funding available will be of interest to all types and sizes of local groups for (i) Small scale projects < €20,000; (ii) Medium scale projects €21,000 to €50,000; and (iii) Large scale projects €51,000 to €100,000.

How to apply?

Communities should contact the Community Climate Action Officer in Limerick City and County Council or Cork County Council with their project ideas and complete the Expression of Interest to progress an application.

Full details of the application process and the Expression of Interest form are available on the website, and on the Cork County Council website for Cork-based groups.

Cork County Council

The closing date for submission of Expressions of Interest is 1st March 2024 for Limerick based applicants, and 6th March 2024 for Cork county-based applicants.