Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Environment and Climate Action Grant?
The purpose of the Environment and Climate Action Grant supports residents’ associations, tidy district and tidy town groups who work to enhance and improve their local public areas.
What projects are eligible for an Environment and Climate Action Grant?
Under the 2021 grant scheme, applications are invited for any of the following projects; (a) purchase of plants or trees for public areas, (b) purchase of estate name stones, (c) hosting of local environmental talks, workshops or local environmental / climate action campaigns, (d) purchase of minor non-mechanised equipment to assist with a planting project (e.g. spade, trowel, gloves etc) or (e) a combination of the above.
Who can apply for an Environment and Climate Action 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.
What is the maximum Environment and Climate Action Grant available?
The maximum Environment and Climate Action Grant available under the 2021 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 permission from the Council if the project will be located on a public green or path edge?
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. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Parks. 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 email@example.com to contact the Traffic Section.
Can a group apply for more than one type of grant?
Yes, a group can apply for several 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.
How is the Environment and Climate Action paid?
Funding is provided in full and up-front. It will be paid by bank transfer, directly to the group bank account. We may ask successful applicants to return a bank set-up form, to enable us to process the bank transfer. This may be delayed if bank details have not been verified or necessary permissions are not obtained.
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.
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. Please contact the Council for this logo.
Where can I get more information?
A copy of the dlr grant guidelines is available on the council’s website www.dlrcoco.ie. Please email any grant queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Environment and Climate Action Grant please contact the Environmental Awareness Section on 01-2054700 or email email@example.com .