New €446,000 Community Climate fund launched in Galway City

At the launch of the Galway City, Community Climate Action Fund-Brian Barrett, Director of Services for Climate Action, Galway City Council; Cllr. Eddie Hoare, Mayor of Galway City and Tiarnan McCusker, Community Climate Action Officer, Galway City Council.

At the launch of the Galway City, Community Climate Action Fund-Brian Barrett, Director of Services for Climate Action, Galway City Council; Cllr. Eddie Hoare, Mayor of Galway City and Tiarnan McCusker, Community Climate Action Officer, Galway City Council.

Galway City Council is now accepting applications for a new Community Climate Action fund for community groups to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and help decarbonise the city. The funding will support small (up to €20,000 ), medium (€21,000-€50,000 ), and large-scale (€51,000-€100,000 ) community climate action projects in five key theme areas: community energy; travel; food and waste; shopping and recycling; and local climate and environmental action.

In addition, a total of €3 million is available to support cross-border and all-island community climate action partnerships between community organisations in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland under the Shared Island Community Climate Action. Funding is available for 100% of the successful projects.

Speaking about the fund, Brian Barrett, Director of Services for Climate Action said this is a welcome grant for community groups that are hoping to play their part in tackling climate change. “Retrofitting, solar panels, community gardens, tree planting, cycle parking and innovative climate projects are just some of the examples of what can be applied for with this grant,” he said.

Mayor of Galway, Cllr. Eddie Hoare said climate change is the most significant challenge to all communities in Galway City.

“I welcome this new fund as an important further step in delivering our 2030 targets and progressing towards a climate neutral Galway City by 2050 in line with Ireland’s Climate Action Plan targets.’’

Examples of eligible groups include local charities, community centres, local environmental groups, sports clubs and social enterprises. Prior to applying, groups are strongly encouraged to contact the Galway City Council’s Community Climate Action Officer to discuss their ideas at 091 536 400 or Climate@GalwayCity.ie

Applications are now open online, see www.Galwaycity.ie/Community-Climate-Action-Programme The deadline to apply is Friday March 8 2024 at 5pm.

For more information visit www.Galwaycity.ie/Community-Climate-Action-Programme

 

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