Cork City Council Launches Community Climate Action Fund


14 April 2023

Cork City Council is making €840,000 available to community organisations across the city to support them to take collective action on climate change. 

The Community Climate Action Fund, funded by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) and launched today, is inviting groups to design projects around one, or ideally more than one of the following themes:

  1. Home and energy
  2. Travel
  3. Food and waste
  4. Shopping and recycling
  5. Local environmental management and biodiversity


Less than a year ago, Cork was selected, along with Dublin, as one of 100 European cities who will lead the way on climate action and smart cities across Europe. 

Working with partners in the public and private sector and with local residents, Cork City Council will drive the transition to becoming a climate neutral and smart city by 2030 as part of the EU Cities Mission. 

Lord Mayor of Cork City, Councillor Deirdre Forde said: “Climate change poses significant risks to Cork City. Community organisations of all kinds are amongst Cork City Council’s most important partners in delivering a just, fair transition to a low carbon future. This new fund will help our community partners put solutions into practice and help us achieve our climate action goals”.

Cork City Council Chief Executive, Ann Doherty said: “The community climate action fund is another step in the right direction. The Council has acknowledged how the path to climate neutrality will require extensive collaboration and engagement with our local, national, and international partners. I am delighted Cork City Council, with financial support from DECC, can back our community organisations to address the climate crisis at local level, making our city a better place to live at the same time”. 

Grants are available to non-profit community-based organisations who can contribute to climate action. Small grants of up to €20,000 are being made available, medium grants between €20,000 and €50,000, or larger grants between €50,000 and 100,000.

Applications for funding will be welcomed from Friday April 14 via an online grant submission system called  Strand 1 and Strand 1A (shared island). The application window closes on Friday June 16 at 5pm.


Interested groups can attend the following information sessions on the Community Climate Action Fund.


You can meet Cork City Council’s Climate Action Union who will describe the application process in detail and answer questions. If your organization is interested in applying for funding for climate action, please drop into:


  • In person event at the UCC Centre for Executive Education at Lapps Quay, Cork next Wednesday April 19 from 18.30 – 20.30… Book your place via our Eventbrite invite system here.
  • Online information session on Thursday April 20 from 18.30 – 20.30, Eventbrite booking available  here.


Interested groups can also contact the Council’s Climate Action Unit at before they make an application so they can get further details and discuss their project ideas. 

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