Community Climate Action Programme

The Community Climate Action Programme has been developed by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications to support small and large, rural and urban communities to take climate action at a local level. The overall objective of the programme is to empower communities, in partnership with their Local Authority, to shape and build low carbon, sustainable communities in a coherent way to contribute to national climate and energy targets.

A new fund is available to support relevant community projects. Projects should address at least one, preferably several of the following themes:

Theme 1: Community and Energy

Theme 2: Travel

Theme 3: Food and waste 

Theme 4: Shopping and recycling 

Theme 5: Local climate and environmental action.


There are two strands of funding available:

  • Strand 1Building Low Carbon Communities focuses on direct climate action in County Sligo.
  • Strand 1aShared Island Community Climate Action enables communities and Local Authorities to carry out a cross-border project in partnership with organisations in Northern Ireland.


Who can apply?

Eligible community organisations must:

  • be a not-for-profit organisation.
  • be located within Co. Sligo.
  • submit a completed application form on or before the specified closing date and time.
  • be registered with Sligo 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.


What funding is available?

Up to 100% funding may be provided for eligible costs and there are three project scales:

  • Small scale projects up to €20,000
  • Medium scale projects €20,000 to €50,000
  • Large scale projects €51,000 to €100,000


How will the Programme work?

Several projects will be selected which demonstrate climate action at a local level in Co. Sligo. Communities will be selected following the application phase and will carry-out their direct climate action projects over 18 months.

Projects must comply with all statutory requirements in relation to planning, building regulations, Health and Safety, and Fire Codes, if applicable.


How does a community group apply?

Further information is available at Grants (

The closing date for Expressions of Interest (applications) is 6 March 2024. If your group is interested in applying or would like to discuss a potential project with the Community Climate Action Officer, please email or phone 071 911 1473.