The Community Climate Action Programme is a new programme to support small and large, rural and urban communities to take climate action at a local level. Monaghan County Council is delighted to welcome the announcement by the Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications of a new Community Climate Action Fund, which will become available to support communities to promote and assist in the scale up of community climate action.

The overall objective of the programme is to shape and build low carbon, sustainable communities in a coherent way to contribute to national climate and energy targets.

There are two strands:

Strand 1- Action: Building Low Carbon Strand 1a- Shared Island Community Climate
Communities: Monaghan County have been  given an allocation of €392,000 for projects under strand 1.  Under this scheme communities will carry out projects that have     a direct climate action impact. Action: This strand enables communities and local authorities to carry out a cross-border project in partnership with a community in Northern Ireland. Unlike strand 1, Local Authorities have not been automatically allocated funding under strand 1a and is open for all communities to apply.

What groups are eligible?

Eligible community organisations must:

  1. Be not-for-profit.
  2. Be located within the boundaries of Monaghan County.
  3. Be registered with the Monaghan 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.

Project themes

Projects must demonstrate the delivery of national climate action at a local level for strand 1 and on a cross-border basis on the island of Ireland for strand 1a. There are five programme themes and communities should try to incorporate as many themes as possible. The themes are:

  • Community energy
  • Travel
  • Food & waste
  • Shopping & recycling
  • Local climate & environmental action


Project funding scales

Funding is available for 100% of the project and there are three project sizes eligible:

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


How does the programme work?

Several projects will be selected which demonstrate climate action at a local level in Monaghan. Local communities will be selected following an Expression of Interest phase and will carry-out their direct climate action projects over 18 months. Projects can include a suite of measures, not just one specific action.

How does a community group apply?

Expressions of Interest for this fund will be open at a later date. If your group is interested in applying for this funding or would like to ask a question about a potential project under one of the above five themes, please submit any queries to


Documents and Resources

Examples of Community Climate Action Projects

Planning Your Project And Applying For Funding

Monaghans Community Climate Action Programme Presentation

Contact details