Community Climate Action Programme: Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing (Strand 2)

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Strand 2: Climate Education, Capacity Building and Learning by Doing, of the Community Climate Action Programme is now open to not for profit organisations, non-government organisations, universities, third level institutions, community and voluntary organisations, social enterprises and libraries.

Partnerships/Consortiums are welcome to apply

Organisations interested in applying must complete and submit their on-line application form before the deadline of 3pm (15:00hrs) on the 14th  January, 2022.

Source: https://www.pobal.ie/programmes/community-climate-action-programme-climate-education-capacity-building-and-learning-by-doing-strand-2/



Climate changes are occurring in every region across the world, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report.  In Ireland, we are already experiencing the results of this through flooding, extreme weather conditions (hotter and wetter) and rising sea levels (2-3mm since early 1990s).

The government recognises that supporting ambitious climate actions is necessary to ensure a sustainable future nationally and globally. The government acknowledges the vital role of citizens and communities in addressing climate change.

€5m has been made available by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications. 


Purpose of the funding

The purpose of this funding is to facilitate eligible organisations to collaboratively develop supports, tools, know-how and approaches to assist local communities take climate action. The strand focus is on climate education, capacity building and learning by doing – moving beyond ‘raising awareness’ to build the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to respond to the challenges of climate change at a community level. It is necessary for successful proposals to demonstrate inclusivity in design and practice, so that no one is left behind.

Strand 2 of the Community Climate Action Programme is not suitable for community groups who wish to directly implement climate action projects. Please see the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications website for more information on Strand 1.


Strategic Objectives:

Overall Objective: Build capacity and know-how within communities to develop low carbon communities and further engage in Climate Action.

Knowledge and shared learningTo increase awareness and understanding of climate change, leading to communities taking practical actions that will have a positive and lasting impact on climate change.

Reach and reducing isolation, poverty: To provide support to communities to encourage inclusivity, partnership and participation by all communities in addressing the climate change challenge with a targeted focus on ensuring that no member of the community is left behind.

Measurable impact: To provide support for communities to enable them to develop and roll out projects that contribute to Ireland’s climate and energy targets and transition to a low carbon economy under five key themes.

Lasting Impact: To provide support to communities to empower them to change behaviours and habits in relation to climate change that will continue after the project is completed.



  • Home / Energy
  • Travel
  • Food & Waste
  • Shopping & Recylcing
  • Local Climate & Environmental Action


Amount of grant that you can apply for:

  • €50,000 to €100,000 (up to 18 month proposal)
  • €101,000 to €500,000 (up to 36 month proposal)


Online Applicant Support Events:

We are hosting two online webinars for potential applicants.

Click here to find out more information and to register for these events.


In advance of starting your application, we highly recommend you:
– Check the Eligibility and Selection Criteria.
– Read the Grant Guidelines.
– Review the Resource Sheets to support you developing your project
– Review the Frequently Asked Questions.
– Watch the Instructional Videos and/or use the PDF application form which guides you on completing the form and includes hints and tips.

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