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€465,000 available for community groups in Laois to build low carbon and sustainable communities

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Laois PPN welcomed Community Groups from across Laois to the Community Climate Action Funding Workshop recently in The Cube, Portlaoise.

A fund of €465,000 over the next 18 months from the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications is available to support Community Groups in Laois in building low carbon, sustainable communities.

Projects can address ideally more than one of the following five themes: Home/Energy, Travel, Food and Waste, Shopping and Recycling, and Local Climate and Environmental Action

There are three project scales available – Small Scale (Up to €20,000), Medium Scale (Up to €50,000), Large Scale (Up to €100,000).

Karen Moore, Community Climate Action Officer with Laois County Council said: “The groups were given detailed information on the background to the fund, what types of projects would be suited and how the groups can apply.

“I outlined an important first step was to make contact with me to register your project outline.

“The event was well attended and the representatives from PPN member groups all enjoyed refreshments and an informal Q and A with me after the presentation.”

If your Community Group wishes to discuss a potential Climate Action Fund project under this scheme, please contact Karen Moore via kmoore@laoiscoco.ie.

Photographer Michael Scully was at the presentation and captured some great images.

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