Galway County Council Climate Action Plan (2024-2029)
Climate change has become one of the most pressing global public policy challenges facing governments today. Galway County Council is taking ambitious action through mitigation (decreasing emissions that cause climate change) and adaptation (enhancing resilience to climate change impacts and risks).
Earlier this year, Galway County Council invited input from the public to co-create our draft Local Authority Climate Action Plan (LA-CAP), to help to shape appropriate actions that will facilitate and enable effective climate action at a local and community level.
The draft plan and accompanying environmental reports are available to view at the following link. The one-month public consultation period for the draft plan closed on the 11th of December 2023. The six-week public consultation period for the environmental reports will remain open until the 22nd of December 2023.
Community Climate Action Fund
The Community Climate Action Fund is a new fund to support small and large, rural and urban communities to take climate action at a local level. In conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Galway County Council will support communities to promote and assist in community climate action.
The Community Climate Action Fund will help members of our community to act in their local areas. Its goal is to shape and build low-carbon, sustainable communities that will contribute to the achieving Ireland’s national climate action and energy targets.
The Community Climate Action Fund will help make Galway more resilient to extreme weather caused by climate change and make the county a better place to live.
There are two funding strands:
Strand-1 – Action: Building Low Carbon Communities: Galway County Council have been given an allocation of €726,000 for projects under Strand 1. Under this scheme, communities will partner with Galway County Council to carry out projects that have a direct climate action impact.
Strand 1a – Shared Island Community Climate Action: This strand enables communities and local authorities to carry out a cross-border project in partnership with a community in Northern Ireland. It will be very competitive (€3 million for whole country) and open for all communities to apply.
How will the Programme work?
Importantly, projects must have a direct climate impact including at least one, preferably more, of the following:
- Reduce Greenhouse gas emissions
- Increase climate resilience of community (help adapt to the consequences of climate change)
- Assist communities transition to low carbon and sustainable economy
Projects should address at least one, but preferably more than one of the following themes:
- Buildings and Energy
- Sustainable Travel
- Food and food waste
- Shopping and recycling
- Local climate action and environmental action
There are two strands of funding available:
- Strand 1 focuses on direct climate action in County Galway
- Strand 1A focuses on cross-border partnerships between community organisations in Laois and organisations in Northern Ireland.
Funding will be allocated to community organisations based on an appraisal of the application forms submitted to Galway County Council and approval of the Minister.
Who can apply?
Eligible community organisations must:
- Be not-for-profit
- Be located within the boundaries of Galway County.
- Submit a completed application form.
- Be registered with Galway County PPN OR be connected with other collectives such as The Wheel, Tidy Towns, OR be a community group with Articles of Association, which hold an AGM with appropriately approved minutes.
Who is NOT eligible for funding?
- Private individuals
- Commercial undertakings
- National level community or environmental organisations
Local branches of national organisations may be eligible, once there is a clear financial separation or local branch from national organisation level.
What funding is available?
The Community Climate Action Programme grants can fund up to 100% of all eligible costs for a successful project.
You can apply for different sized grants:
- Small scale projects, less than €20,000
- Medium scale projects, €21,000 to €50,000
- Large scale projects, €51,000 to €100,000
How does my community group apply?
IMPORTANT Before you apply for funding, please contact your Community Climate Action Officer, Denise Feeney at email@example.com to discuss your project ideas.
Application opening date is December 6th 2023
Application closing date is; February 29th 2024
Documents and Resources:
4. FAQ's Document
Climate Action Fund for Communities Information Sessions:
Online Climate Action Fund Webinar, 11th December, 2023 (7pm - 8.30pm) - Meeting Registration - Zoom
Free 1 day Climate Action Fund Workshop, Claregalway Hotel, 13th January, 2023 (10am - 4pm)
Interview with Denise Feeney re Galway Co Co Climate Action Fund on Kinvara FM on Sat 25th Nov 2023 Mixcloud