22nd August 2019
Climate and Biodiversity projects to be prioritised
Minister for Forestry and Wicklow TD, Andrew Doyle, has welcomed the opening of applications this week to support local environmental projects focussing on Climate Change and Biodiversity.
“The Community Environment Action Fund is making nearly €1million available; with €460,000 from the Department of Communications and matched funding from local authorities, and will support hundreds of projects in local communities across Ireland.
“The Community Environment Action Fund, previously known as the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund or LA21, funds small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level. Last year 850 projects were supported under this scheme. These projects do and can make a significant difference in their local communities.
“Community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions are some of the types of projects and schemes to have received support previously and it is targeted to any school, community group or club with wants to take a step to tackle climate change or promote biodiversity.
“Groups seeking funding for eligible projects are invited to make an application to their local authority with completed forms required by 5pm September 27th 2019. Forms can be obtained from the local authorities. Further information on the Fund can found at the Department’s website: www.dccae.gov.ie.
“This scheme offers a great opportunity to get involved with your local community and come up with tangible ways to tackle climate change. It presents schools with the opportunity to increase awareness of the importance of these issues and will help us all to get behind the transition to a more sustainable path for future generations”.