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Community Climate Action Fund 13.12.23

THE Community Climate Action Programme (CCAP) aims to support communities to take climate action at a local level. Donegal County Council in association with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) will provide funding for suitable projects.

The objective of the CCAP is to build low carbon, sustainable communities which will, in turn, contribute to the national climate and energy targets.

The fund is open to not-for-profit community groups and clubs. The CCAP can fund 100% of all eligible costs and there are three project sizes:
Small scale projects < 20,000
Medium scale projects 20,000 to 50,000
Large scale projects 51,000 to 100,000

Projects must deliver a direct positive impact on climate change, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and/or helping communities adapt to the consequences of climate change.
 
The five themes of the programme are as follows:
Theme 1: Community & Energy
LED community lighting, small renewable energy projects (solar / hydro / wind), rainwater harvesting, retrofitting community buildings (windows & doors, insulation, LED lighting, heat pumps).

Theme 2: Sustainable Travel
Cycle parking / racks, improving cycle way access, safe and active routes to schools, eCargo bikes, bike repair hubs.

Theme 3: Food and Waste
Community composting facilities, community gardens / allotments, community fridges.

Theme 4: Shopping and Recycling
Swap shops, water filling stations, single use plastics elimination, musical instrument reuse, paint recycling, toy library.

Theme 5: Local Climate and Environmental Action
Climate resilience - measures to reduce harmful effects of extreme climate events such as planted mounds to slow flood water, constructed storm water wetlands. Mini forests, dispersed orchards (fruit trees), community gardens, roof gardens, pollinator projects.

The opening date for applications for funding under the CCAP will be the 29th of December 2023. A public information session will be held by Donegal County Council on 23rd January 2024, from 7pm to 8pm at Carndonagh Public Service Centre.
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