Community Climate Action Programme

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. Waterford City and County Council, in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications will 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: Waterford City and County Council have been given an allocation of €564,000 for projects under strand 1. Under this scheme communities will partner with Waterford Council to 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.

Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some quick FAQs about the programme. Full details on the programme will be shared once the programme launches.

A number of projects will be selected which demonstrate climate action at a local level in Waterford. 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.

Eligible communities must be a not-for-profit; be located in the operational area of the Waterford City and County Council; and be registered with a 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.

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:

  • Home/energy
  • Travel
  • Food and waste
  • Shopping and recycling
  • Local climate and environmental action

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
  1. Interested community groups should attend an in-person/ online event hosted by Waterford City and County Council to learn more about the programme. Recordings of online events will be available.
  2. Communities should contact the Community Climate Action Officer in Waterford City and County Council with their project ideas, see contact details below.
  3. Communities then complete and submit their Expression of Interest form and supporting documents.

Expression of Interests are not currently being accepted. When the application window is open, all details will be added to this page.

Documents and Resources

  1. Presentation slides from the “Introduction to Waterford’s Community Climate Action Programme”.
  2. Case studies for the Community Climate Action Programme.
  3. A general guide to planning projects and applying for funding.

Contact Details

Susan Lee

Community Climate Action Officer

087 279 7577