Funding opportunities for community-led projects and climate researchers

Published by Asmae Ourkiya on

July 12th, 2018

The Irish Government just launched the first call for applications under the new €500 million Climate Action Fund.

The Minister for the Environment, Denis Naughten, TD said that this fund “provides an unprecedented opportunity” to support projects to bring down Ireland’s emissions and increase our use of sustainable energy.

This call for applications will provide grant funding to larger scale projects starting in 2019 or 2020 that are looking for support in excess of €1m to support energy and heating projects.

While the funding is welcome, The Green News looks at some other funding opportunities available for community-led projects and environmental and climate researchers.

National funds

The 2019 Ulysses programme for R&D projects

Deadline: 19/09/2018

Ulysses is the scheme designed to support new research collaborations between Irish and French researchers. In Ireland, Ulysses is funded by the Irish Research Council and Teagasc and administered by the Irish Research Council.

More information on the fund is provided by the Irish Research Council.

Leader Programme 2014-2020

Since its launch in 1991, LEADER has provided rural communities across the European Union with the resources to enable local partners to actively engage and direct the local development of their area, through community-led local development.

In Ireland, under the LEADER Programme for 2014-2020, a budget of €250 million in grant aid is being provided to support rural communities and local businesses.

One of the three priorities for funding is the rural environment, including protection and sustainable use of water resources, local biodiversity and renewable energy.

Climate Launchpad

SustainableNation Ireland has a number programs and funding opportunities for sustainable business ideas. Climate launchpad is among these opportunities.

It seeks targets early start-ups, SMEs, researchers, students, public organizations, consultancies, and engineering companies with ideas for a sustainable environment. Submissions are currently open.

International funds: 

Irish students, professionals, companies, and NGOs are eligible to apply for different international funding programmes.


Deadline: 15/07/2018

This nine-month incubator and fellowship program supports entrepreneurs who use their enterprises for social and environmental causes.

Eligible ideas can be for-profit companies, or they can be non-profit organizations that have an earned revenue component.

The webinar held last week provides more information on the application.

2019 Future for Nature award

Deadline: 16/09/2018

This call for individuals (organizations are not eligible) seeks to fund young conservationists by providing a 50,000 euro award for the winning conservation project.

2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize

Deadline: 09/08/2018

This annual award celebrates achievements that are driving impact, innovation and inspiration across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.

$600,000 is awarded for Energy and another $600,000 is awarded for water.

Call for this prize is now open.


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Asmae Ourkiya

Asmae is a first year PhD candidate from Morocco, majoring in Ecocriticism at Mary Immaculate College, Co Limerick. She has a strong interest in renewable energy as well as environmental justice and ecofeminism. She is passionate about writing and enjoys investigating environmental issues.