2019 Community Environment Action Fund is now open

Do you have a project or initiative that could help to increase awareness of environmental issues locally, or that could help your community to become more sustainable?

If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the
2019 Community Environment Action Fund (previously called Local Agenda 21 Fund).

This Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.

Does Your Project Qualify?
Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions which support and complement national environmental policies such as those on waste, biodiversity, water conservation and climate change.

A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years, including community gardens and allotments, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting, biodiversity projects, waste reduction initiatives, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Lists of previously funded projects can be viewed online at:
Depending on number of applications the maximum grant is expected to be in the region of €1,500

How to Apply
Application forms are available here: https://monaghan.ie/environment/2019/08/28/2019-community-environment-action-fund/
or directly from Environment Services, Monaghan County Council, Carrickmacross, Civic Offices, Carrickmacross. 042 9661240  contact person: Mary McCoy

Applications must be made no later than 5pm Friday 27 September, 2019, on an official application form to the above address or via email to mmccoy@monaghancoco.ie
For general information on the Fund or to discuss a project contact Moira Kelly 042 9661240 mkelly@monaghancoco.ie

Funding for Older People’s Activities

The 2019 National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People is now open!
The Grant Scheme is a joint initiative between Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme and Sport Ireland. Grants are available to all eligible local clubs, groups and organisations that promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people as a main element of their activities. A total of approx €300,000 was available in grants in 2018.

The National Grant Scheme aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well-planned initiatives designed to increase participation in recreational sport and physical activity by older people. In particular, the scheme is aimed at:

  • supporting the work of Go for Life including the network of PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) and the development of Go for Life Games and other initiatives;
  • assisting local clubs/organisations to enhance existing opportunities for their members in recreational sport and physical activity;
  • assisting local clubs/organisations to start new initiatives geared at involving older people in recreational sport and physical activity

The grant application deadline is 12pm Friday 27th September

Further information and application packs are available at the Age & Opportunity website address http://ageandopportunity.ie/

If you need any assistance or support with the grant application please don’t hesitate to Monaghan Sports Partnership Office on 042-9755126.

Funding for climate action and biodiversity projects – open to schools, clubs and community groups

Mr. Richard Bruton, T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment today (Wednesday, 21st August 2019), opened a scheme to support local environmental projects focusing on climate change and biodiversity. The new scheme is called the Community Environment Action fund, and it replaces the Local Agenda 21 Fund.
The fund is open to schools, community groups or clubs who wish to undertake local initiatives to tackle climate change or promote biodiversity. A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years including, community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. This year’s priority is for projects in the area of Climate and Biodiversity.
Groups seeking funding for eligible projects are invited to make an application to their local authority (application forms are available from the local authorities). Completed application forms should be returned to the relevant local authority at the latest by 5pm, 27 September 2019.
Application forms can be obtained from Moira Kelly in the Environment Section of Monaghan County Council. mkelly@monaghancoco.ie
042 9661240

Two funding calls open for PEACE projects

The SEUPB have opened two funding calls today under the Building Positive Relations (Regional) objective of the PEACE IV Programme, as below.
Objective – 4.2 ‘Building Community Cohesion through Social Enterprise (Pilot project)
o This call will develop capacity building to support increased cohesion within communities through the development of social entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation.

Objective – 4.2 ‘Building PEACE through Emotional Resilience for Today and the Future’
o This call will promote positive relations within communities through the development and delivery of emotional resilience activity.

Both calls will close on 24 May 2019 at 5pm. The SEUPB will not accept applications received after this date.

A workshop for the calls will take place on 10 April 2019, at the Tullylagan Country House Hotel, Cookstown, County Tyrone. To register email: events@seupb.eu. The workshop will also be streamed on the SEUPB website http://www.seupb.eu
o The ‘Building Peace through Emotional Resilience’ workshop will take place from 10am to 1pm.
o The ‘Building Community Cohesion through Social Enterprise’ workshop will take place from 2pm to 5pm.
For further information on the above calls please contact Paul Boylan via email: Paul.Boylan@seupb.eu

Funding for Peace projects

The Dept of Foreign Affair’s Reconciliation Fund opens for applications on Monday 25th March. The Reconciliation Fund awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between the traditions in Northern Ireland, the North and South, and Ireland and Britain.

This Fund accepts applications twice a year, and is open to organisations which are working to promote peace and reconciliation. Grants are normally for once-off projects, rather than for work of a continuing nature, although each request is considered on its merits.

Consideration for funding from the Reconciliation Fund will be based on the extent to which the proposed programme has the potential to contribute to:

  • Reconciliation through education, dialogue, culture and commemoration;
  • Promotion of tolerance and respect;
  • Challenging stereotypes of one’s own and other communities/identities;
  • Development and strengthening of meaningful and lasting cross-border links;
  • Academic research where the primary purpose relates to promoting reconciliation

The Fund will focus its support through two thematic pillars, outlined as follows:

  • Repairing of those issues which lead to division, conflict, and barriers to a deeply reconciled and peaceful society;
  • Building a strong civil society that encompasses all communities, through the continued implementation of the Agreements and promoting a rights-based society, political stability and respect for all.

Organisations wishing to apply for funding will find further information on how they can apply on the Dept’s website (www.dfa.ie/reconciliation).

Funding for groups which support sick and disabled children

The DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme is inviting applications to its central grants programme, which is open to applications from Ireland and the UK.

The Foundation, formerly known as the Hilton in the Community Foundation, has a special focus on supporting young people with disabilities, supporting employability and training programmes, enhancing the experiences of life-limited children in hospice care and supporting sick children in hospital. Their projects provide training, equipment, experiences and support so that young people can reach their full potential. They focus on partnering with local organisations which often struggle to attract support.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas;

  • Children and young people with disabilities;
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital;
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

The Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year) for up to two years. Funding can be requested for one-off projects or for up to 2 years work. Applications from schools and hospitals are welcomed as long as they are made through an appropriate registered charity. Grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.

Visit the DM Thomas Foundation website

There are 4 intakes of applications during 2019:

  • Tuesday 5th February 2019
  • Tuesday 7th May 2019
  • Tuesday 23rd July 2019
  • Tuesday 8th October 2019

New Fund for empowering Women

The Social Innovation Fund has launched The Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund, a €1.8 million fund over three years created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with Bank of America and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The Fund is calling for applications from organisations that support and empower women to progress their education or progress into new or more sustainable employment.

Cash grants between €50,000 – €100,000 per year for three years are available for projects which:

  • focus on women who are experiencing disadvantage (socio-economic, educational disadvantage, disability, members of minority group and other)
  • focus on developing economic mobility for women in Ireland experiencing disadvantage through:
    • Increasing access to job opportunities
    • Increasing female labour force participation
    • Assisting women to progress their current positions
    • Workforce development – building employment-related skills that lead to employment (includes soft skills)
    • Projects that have evidence of sustained impact
  • Organisations or projects with strong financial and governance structures, with the ability and resources to handle multi-year funding
  • Organisations or projects with a viable fundraising model that can maximise and leverage grant funding
  • Organisations or projects that have demonstrated strong leadership

More information here: http://www.socialinnovation.ie/mna-na-heireann-fund/

Closing date 18th April


Community Water Development Fund open for applications

The Local Authority Waters Programme are pleased to announce the launch of an open call for applications to a Community Water Development Fund 2019. Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 7.00pm.

The Community Water Development Fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive.

Types of projects considered will include:
– Capital projects such as restoration/habitat conservation/natural flood mitigation measures.
– Projects that promote public awareness/education and events such as biodiversity days, surveys, training workshops, surveys and plans, etc.
– General amenity such as beach clean, improving amenity areas, bird watching facilities, etc.

Grants awarded will range from up to €5,000; up to €10,000 and up to €25,000.
The fund is capped at €180,000 for 2019.

Application Form and Guidance Notes in respect of the Community Water Development Fund 2019 are available to download at http://www.watersandcommunities.ie or by contacting the Waters and Communities Office at 0761 06 5260 or info@lawaters.ie .

Need a few bob? Community Enhancement Fund now open

Monaghan Local Community Development Committee is calling all community groups to review the current funding opportunity they are managing on behalf of the Dept of Rural & Community Development.

It has two sizes of grant to it, one which for assistance towards small capital projects and is open to groups all over the county.  The other is for slightly larger projects (up to 20K) and is aimed at areas of high disadvantage.

To get more details on the programme, and download application forms, follow the link below:


If you need information to support your case for why your area is disadvantaged and needs to be prioritised for funding under this Programme, visit www.pobal.ie, and look at the deprivation information in their Maps section.  A ‘very disadvantaged’ rating would make your area a high priority.