Funding - Community Climate Action Programme: Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing (Strand 2)

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 24 November 2021

Funding - Community Climate Action Programme: Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing (Strand 2)

Strand 2: Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing, of the Community Climate Action Programme is now open to not for profit organisations, non-government organisations, universities, third level institutions, community and voluntary organisations, social enterprises and libraries.

Partnerships/Consortiums are welcome to apply.

Organisations interested in applying must complete and submit their on-line application form before the deadline of 3pm (15:00hrs) on the 14th January 2022.

Only one application per organisation


Climate changes are occurring in every region across the world, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report.  In Ireland, we are already experiencing the results of this through flooding, extreme weather conditions (hotter and wetter) and rising sea levels (2-3mm since early 1990s).

The government recognises that supporting ambitious climate actions is necessary to ensure a sustainable future nationally and globally. The government acknowledges the vital role of citizens and communities in addressing climate change.

€5m has been made available by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications.


Purpose of the funding

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 – moving beyond ‘raising awareness’ to build the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to respond to the 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.

“Sowing the seeds of imagination and nurturing climate action success within communities”

Strand 2 of the Community Climate Action Programme is not suitable for community groups who wish to directly implement climate action projects. Please see the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications website for more information on Strand 1.

All applications are expected to have the following key components:

1. Learning by Doing component used to inform the tools/approaches developed by the project,

2. Results based with monitoring for evidence,

3. Target disadvantaged or marginalised groups for social inclusion,

4.Replicable or scalable,

5. Innovative and practical, representing value for money,

6. Partnership, where possible, with Local Community Groups,

7.Capacity Building Supports for Community Led Climate Action


Strategic Objectives

Overall Objective: Build capacity and know-how within communities to develop low carbon communities and further engage in Climate Action.

Knowledge and shared learning: To increase awareness and understanding of climate change, leading to communities taking practical actions that will have a positive and lasting impact on climate change.

Reach and reducing isolation, poverty: To provide support to communities to encourage inclusivity, partnership and participation by all communities in addressing the climate change challenge with a targeted focus on ensuring that no member of the community is left behind.

Measurable impact: To provide support for communities to enable them to develop and roll out projects that contribute to Ireland’s climate and energy targets and transition to a low carbon economy under five key themes.

Lasting Impact: To provide support to communities to empower them to change behaviours and habits in relation to climate change that will continue after the project is completed.



There are five themes:

1. Home/Energy,

2. Travel,

3. Food and Waste,

4. Shopping and Recycling,

5. Local Climate and Environmental Action


Applications must contribute to at least one of these themes.  For more information on what is expected in relation to each theme click here.


Amount of grant that you can apply for:

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


Information you need to gather about your organisation to apply:

  • Governing documents e.g. Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Tax Registration Number (TRN)
  • Tax Clearance Access Number (TCAN)
  • Companies Registration Office Number (CRO)
  • Registered Charity Number (RCN) (if applicable)
  • Signed 2020 Annual Financial Statements
  • Details of your board – names, roles and expertise
  • Details of partner organisations
  • Identify a lead partner who will be the applicant and the contract holder (if applicable)
  • Job Descriptions (if applicable)
  • Organisation Chart/Organogram/Organigram


Details of funding received in the last three years from Exchequer, EU or Philanthropic sources (year, name of programme, funder)


Application & more information