Environmental Awareness

Waste Prevention Grant Scheme

The purpose of the Scheme

This grant is funded by the Community, Culture & Placemaking Directorate of Cork City Council as part of its Waste Prevention Programme and its commitments under the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 (Ref: Action Policies B.1.2 and B.2.).

This scheme aims to support Cork city groups to implement waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local community and to encourage partnership between local businesses, schools, charities, community and voluntary groups.

What is Waste Prevention?

Essentially waste prevention a process of re-thinking how we do things in order not to create waste. Preventing waste is about finding ways to keep items in use longer and not generating as much waste in the first place. It’s about:

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  • rethinking the way we do things;
  • redesigning the items we use;
  • repairing and reusing items;
  • building knowledge and skills in the community to facilitate repair and reuse;
  • changing attitudes and behaviour about what we buy and what we throw away;

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but most of all:

  • working together and thinking creatively to do something about it.

Waste Prevention Grants 2021

The following organisations received funding from the 2021 Waste Prevention Grant Scheme:

Bishopstown Community School

Churchfield Community Trust (Green Spine Initiative)

Churchfield Community Trust (Sli na Sláinte)

Cope Foundation

Cork Community Art Link

Cork Community Bikes

Cork Volunteer Centre CLG

Douglas Tidy Towns

Future Orchard

Glanmire Community School

Greenmount National School

Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project

Newbury House Family Centre CLG


North Monastery Secondary School

St Brendan’s Day Centre

St Paul’s School

St Stephens Sustainable Food Lab

Sunday's Well GNS

Upper Glanmire Community Association

Voice Ireland

Tidy Towns Competition

The national SuperValu Tidy Towns competition is an annual contest organised by the Department of Rural and Community Development. 

The competition involves participating areas being rated on all aspects of their local environment and prizes awarded to the best under many different categories. The overall winner is “Ireland’s Tidiest Town”, which is announced at a national ceremony in September each year.

With progress monitored and detailed feedback provided year on year, most participants initially enter the competition to generate interest in the environment in their community and create a solid platform on which to raise issues with the relevant authorities. Over time, the areas attain a standard where competing for major prizes is within reach.

Entry is now closed for the 2021 competition.

For more information, see www.tidytowns.ie

Cork City Green Schools

Green Schools is an international education programme and award scheme that promotes long-term, whole-school action for the environment. In Ireland, the programme is run by An Taisce assisted by local authorities. 

Unlike a once-off project, Green Schools is a long-term programme that seeks to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life of a school. Schools focus on issues such as waste and litter management, energy, water, sustainable transport, biodiversity and Global Citizenship.

A key part of the programme is children’s involvement in the decision-making process through Green Schools committees that are made up of students, teachers and non-teaching staff, supported by parents. It fosters a strong sense of citizenship and leadership among participants that spreads far outside the school into the wider community.

The award takes the form of a prestigious Green Flag that can be flown outside the school and must be renewed every two years.


 Cork City Council and Green Schools

Any school in the Cork City Council administrative area wishing to join the Green Schools Programme for the first time or reactivate their Green Schools Programme are invited to contact una_leader@corkcity.ie

 There will be monthly zoom meetings for teachers in Cork City Schools active in the Green Schools Programme from September 2021. 

 First Thursday of month: First Flag Thursdays (schools working towards their first flag)

First Tuesday of month: Renewal Tuesdays (schools working to renew their flag)

Contact una_leader@corkcity.ie  to register

 Green School Resources

Cork City Council supports An Taisce in the operation of the programme in Cork City.  To become involved please contact una_leader@corkcity.ie

For further information see:

The following resources may be of assistance to Green Schools in Cork City:

Community Environment Action Fund


The Community Environment Action Fund is provided for small-scale environmental projects in Cork city. It supports communities and groups who are involved in sustainable development projects that reduce waste, promote biodiversity, address climate change, improve air and water quality, etc.

Community Environment Action Fund 2021

The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications has extended the deadline for completion of projects funded under the 2019/2020 scheme up until the end of 2021, due to the difficulties in completing projects and meeting of groups during COVID. 

A new scheme is expected to be announced early in 2022.