Community Climate Action Programme (CCAP)

Cynthia O’Mahony

Community Climate Action Officer

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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. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (dlr), in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications will support local 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. The Programme consists of two strands:

Strand 1 - Action: Building Low Carbon Communities:

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have been given an allocation of €883,000 for projects under Strand 1. Under this scheme communities will partner with dlr 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. Unlike Strand 1, Local Authorities have not been automatically allocated funding under Strand 1a.

Please note that Expression of Interests are not currently being accepted. When the application window is open, details will be made available on the dlr website.


A number of projects will be selected which demonstrate climate action at a local level in the County. 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;
  • located in the operational area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council;
  • 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.
  • Private individuals
  • Commercial undertakings
  • Schools
  • 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.

Projects should seek to demonstrate the delivery of national climate action at local level by including at least one, preferably more, of the following:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Increasing climate resilience (help adapt to the consequences of climate change)
  • Assisting communities transition to low carbon and sustainable economy

Projects should address at least one, but preferably more than one of the following themes:

  • Community 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
  • Discuss with your community group
  • Organise a meeting with the Community Climate Action Officer in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to discuss your project ideas
  • Start planning your project
  • Communities then complete and submit their Expression of Interest form and supporting documents.

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