Environment & Climate Change

What is the maximum Environment and Climate Action Grant available?

The maximum Environment and Climate Action Grant available under the 2024 scheme is €800.

Can a group apply for the full cost of a project or initiative?

No, the Environment and Climate Action Grant can only fund up to 70% of eligible project costs. The group must be able to fund the remaining 30% of project costs.

Do I need to seek permission from the Council if the project will be located on a public green or path verge?

Yes, for any project on a public green space applicants will be asked to show that they have already spoken with our Parks Section and have already received written approval.

If your project if near a roadway (e.g. planter boxes on a path, names stones, hanging baskets near a junction) we ask that you speak with the Traffic Section and gain their written approval for the project before applying for funding.

Please email info@dlrcoco.ie to contact our Parks Section or Traffic Sections.

Can a group apply for more than one grant?

Yes, a group can apply for several dlr grants under different categories. For example, a group may wish to apply for a Community Grant and a Heritage Grant. Each application must relate to a different project or initiative.

When will I know if my application for an Environment and Climate Action Grant was successful?

Applicants will receive an email with the result of their application for an Environment and Climate Action Grant following the May Council meeting.

How is the Environment and Climate Action Grant paid?

Funding is provided in full and up-front. It will be paid by bank transfer, directly to the group’s bank account. We may ask successful applicants to return a bank set-up form, to enable us to process the bank transfer.

How will the programme work?

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.

Do I have to submit receipts?

Yes, applicants must submit a copy of all receipts that show exactly how the funding was spent.

Failure to supply evidence of expenditure will affect future funding decisions. The receipts must be accompanied with completion form. Photos showing the results of the project may also be submitted. A completion report and receipt will be required by December 31st, 2024.

Who can apply?

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.
Do I have to acknowledge Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council?

Yes, all successful applicants are required to acknowledge the financial assistance of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and include dlr grant funding logo on all printed material and graphics. The logo can be provided to all successful applicants.

Who is NOT eligible for funding?
  • 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.

Where can I get more information?

More information on dlr Grants 2024 is available here.

General grant queries can be emailed to to grants@dlrcoco.ie.

Queries on the Environment and Climate Action Grant can be emailed to our Environmental Awareness Section at envaware@dlrcoco.ie.

What projects are eligible?

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
What funding is available?

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
Next Steps/How do I apply?

 

Interested community groups are strongly encouraged to contact the Community Climate Action Officer with their project ideas before completing their application form.

 

To apply groups must complete an application form and submit necessary documents by March 6th at 5:00 pm.

 

Strand 1

 

There are two ways to submit an application form:

  • Or alternatively, you can download a Word version of the form below and submit your completed application and supporting documents via email or post.

         Paper Application Form for a Strand 1 project (English)

  • An Irish Version of the application form is available on request by emailing climate@dlrcoco.ie.

Strand 1a

 

Please contact the Community Climate Action Officer at climate@dlrcoco.ie for an application form if your community group is planning to carry out a cross-border project in partnership with a community in Northern Ireland and would like to apply for funding under Strand 1a of the programme.

 

 

 

What is the purpose of the Environment and Climate Action Grant?

The purpose of the Environment and Climate Action Grant is to support residents’ associations, tidy district, and tidy town groups to enhance and improve their local public areas.

What projects are eligible for an Environment Grant?

Under the 2024 grant scheme, applications are invited for any of the following projects:

  1. purchase of plants or trees for public areas,
  2. purchase of estate name stones,
  3. hosting of local environmental talks, workshops or local environmental / climate action campaigns (e.g. anti-litter or waste prevention campaigns),
  4. purchase of minor non-mechanised equipment to assist with a planting project (e.g. spade, trowel, gloves),
  5. A combination of the above.
Who can apply for an Environment Grant?

Residents’ associations, tidy towns, and tidy district groups within dlr are welcome to apply. The group must operate on a not-for-profit basis and the application must demonstrate an environmental benefit to the local community.

Active Travel

What is the cost of this project?

This is an NTA-funded project, with an allocated budget of 200,000 euros.

Where can I see information relating to the consultation for this scheme?

Information relating to the Part 8 process for this scheme is available here: https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/transportation/active-travel-improvements-deansgrange-cycle-route/

Does the layout require the unsightly orange bollards?

No

How long will the works take?

The works are programmed to take approximately 8 months.

Will the new junction arrangement prevent residents living adjacent to the junction from accessing their private drives?

No

Why is a one-way system traffic management plan being used?

The provision of the cycle facility requires a new concrete kerb at the edge of the car lanes. This will require a trench to be dug along Deansgrange Road and the kerb poured into the trench. The trench needs to be wider than the kerb to facilitate the machine access and extra space is required to allow safe space for workers. This leaves insufficient space to maintain two-way traffic (even if the parking is removed).

Will on-street car parking be lost for permit holders?

Permits for on-street car parking facilitate on-street parking for a duration greater than the 3-hour limit. However, it does not guarantee parking directly outside each residence.

Why don’t you use stop / go?

The use of a stop/go set-up would result in more significant congestion in this area. For example, if the section of Deansgrange Road was done in 100m sections using a stop/go system this would usually take 3-5mins between ‘go’ cycles. The junction at Deansgrange Road typically cycles every 2 minutes. This means that there would be two changes of the lights at the junction before you get a ‘go’ at the stop/go system. This would quickly backlog traffic in both directions on Deansgrange Road. The use of stop/go would also not resolve the issue around having to keep the trench for the kerb open until the kerb is poured. The use of stop/go would also require the removal of parking on Deansgrange Road once set up. The provision of a one-way system allows for the retention of parking for a longer period.  

What is the purpose of this project ?

The number one issue identified by residents was speeding traffic through the estate. Measures being proposed aim to combat speeding traffic and rat-running, and to make it safer for active travel (walking / Cycling). But overall the project aims to make Seafield an even better place to live.

What is the extent of the one-way system?

The one-way system will be installed on Deansgrange Road south of St Fintan’s Villas and continuing up to the junction with Kill Lane. This will be in place for 6 months. The section between St Fintans Villas and the Rowanbyrn junction will be done as a subsequent traffic management phase.

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Has any traffic reports been undertaken to support the proposed layout ?

The finalised layout will undergo a Road Safety Audit (RSA).

What are the diversion routes?

Vehicles travelling north on the N11 will be diverted initially via Johnstown Road / Pottery Road. For vehicles that continue past this junction, they will be diverted via the N11 – Newtownpark Ave. Vehicles approaching the works from Clonkeen Road will be diverted left via the N11.

Will this mean a lot of additional traffic locally?

Data collection noted that 75% of the northbound traffic on Deansgrange Road drives through the area. This means that 75% of the existing traffic starts and ends their journeys outside these areas. If these vehicles follow the signed diversion route this will result in less traffic in this area.

 

Is the 84 and 84a bus impacted?

Yes, the northbound bus service is diverted via Abbey Road for the duration of the works:

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The bus will stop at the bus stops along the diversion route. There are bus stops on Kill Lane close to the NCT centre here: https://www.google.com/maps/@53.2793962,-6.1621844,3a,75y,35.07h,85.98t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sN7uyyrMRdWc4hDlL3BShow!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?entry=ttu

Why didn’t DLR provide cycle tracks on Abbey Road instead?

Abbey Road is part of the proposed cycle network and requires high-quality facilities in addition to Deansgrange Road. A network of cycle routes is required to provide sustainable options for users.

I live in the following areas; how does the one-way system affect me:
  • St Fintans Park / Villas: These exits onto Deansgrange Road are outside the one-way system so movements are unrestricted. When exiting onto Deansgrange Road you will be permitted to turn left and right. When returning via Deansgrange Road you must enter via the northern end.

 

  • Brookville Park / Grange Grove: These exits onto Deansgrange Road are outside the one-way system so movements are unrestricted. When exiting onto Deansgrange Road you will be permitted to turn left and right. When returning via Deansgrange Road you must enter via the northern end.

 

  • Grange Terrace: You must enter Deansgrange Road from the northern end and exit through the one-way system.

 

  • Deansgrange Cemetery: You must enter Deansgrange Road from the northern end and exit through the one-way system. In addition, the northern entrance to the Cemetery will be closed for the duration of the works. Vehicular access to the cemetery will be via the main entrance. This has been communicated to the funeral directors.

 

  • Kill Lane area east of Deansgrange Road: There is an existing no-right turn ban at this location so access is unchanged.

 

  • Kill Lane area west of Deansgrange Road: There are two diversion options for local residents, via the N11 / Newtownpark Ave or via Kill Lane / Abbey Road.

 

  • Clonkeen Road Area: There are two diversion options for local residents via the N11 / Newtownpark Ave or via Kill Lane / Abbey Road
I am a pedestrian; how will the traffic management affect me?

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the works.

I am a pedestrian or cyclist who uses the cemetery. Will this be still available?

Yes, pedestrian and cycle access are maintained but the northern entrance will be restricted. The pedestrian/cycle and vehicular gates at the tea rooms will be available. Signage will be provided directing people to the alternative routes.  

How long will the works take?

The civil works should take approx. 4 weeks.

I am a cyclist how will the traffic management affect me?

Cyclists access to Deansgrange Road northbound will be diverted for the duration of the one-way system similar to the vehicular traffic.

I have a query related to the construction works who do I contact?

You can contact:

 

What consultation has been undertaken to arrive at these proposals?

Table showing all the consultations and engagement done for Seafield project

In addition Seafield Committee and DLRCC held meetings with the Businesses in Seafield Park and agreed 17 parking spaces to be provided (spring 2022). In January 2022 Zoom meeting held with DLRCC County Councillors In late March 2022 meetings held with the Montara Group (Glenomena/Trimelston/Woodbine) to discuss the proposals, in particular closing off of Seafield Close and Glenomena Park). A compromise was achieved to create a pinch point at this junction. 

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