Community Environmental Action Fund

Formerly Local Agenda 21

 We are pleased to announce that the new Community Environmental Action Fund is now open.

 

Click here to download the Application Form.   CEAF Application Form 2019

 

The closing date for applications is 5 p.m. on 27 September 2019

 

All queries and completed application forms can be sent by email to [email protected] or call 01 890 5453.

800 x 572The following assessment criteria will be used to rank eligible proposals. Decisions on funding will be based on this ranking.

1.     Partnership arrangements

Does your proposed project involve working closely and in partnership with local authorities, local business, NGOs, and other local interests? How will you ensure a high level of interest and involvement with the project? Projects with strong partnership arrangements and local involvement will be given a higher rating.

 2.     Awareness raising potential

Will your project raise environmental awareness in your local community? Is it educational, with a focus on national environmental concerns? Proposals are more likely to be given a higher rating where environmental awareness is brought to a wider audience.

 3.     Climate Change and Biodiversity

Projects which have a meaningful climate or biodiversity focus will receive a higher rating but only where they promote good environmental practice and provide practical solutions to these issues.  

 4.     Value for money

How will the funding be spent and what outcomes will be achieved? Projects providing excellent value for money and efficient use of resources will be given a higher rating.

 5.     Widely replicable

Does the project deal with issues common to other communities and will it involve solutions that can be applied elsewhere? Projects which demonstrate that they are replicable elsewhere will be given a higher rating.

 6.     Feasibility of project targets

Are the project targets feasible and how will the project be managed to achieve those targets? Have similar projects been undertaken in the past and have they been successful? Proposals demonstrating good management to achieve feasible objectives will be given a higher rating.

 7.     Structure and layout of proposal

Proposals should be well structured, clearly defining project aims and objectives. Proposals should also demonstrate how the local community will be involved. Project budgets should be well set out and arrangements for managing the project should be detailed. Clear, well-structured proposals will be given a higher rating.

 

The closing date for applications is 5 p.m. on 27 September 2019.

 

 

From 2019 onwards the Scheme will launch in late August each year and run to the end of August in the following year.

 

Conditions and Criteria

General conditions relating to the scheme are set out below.

 

Project Theme

Eligible projects should support and complement national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Air, Water, Sustainable Development, etc. The Minister has requested, for the 2019 Scheme, that Climate and Biodiversity projects be prioritised and thus the 2019 marking scheme is different to previous years.

 

A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years including, for example, community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater conservation schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. A list of previously funded projects can be viewed online at: http://dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/environmental-protection-and-awareness/local-agenda-21-partnership-fund/

 

Tax Clearance Requirements

Applicants should be advised that approval of a grant application is conditional on tax clearance requirements being met. Applicants are required to list the number and name of all grant applications they have submitted to each local authority. Where the total value of their applications exceeds €10,000 nationwide (i.e. €5,000 LA and €5,000 DECLG) they are required to submit a copy of their current Tax Clearance Certificate/Tax Clearance Reference Number with each application.

 

 Assessment Criteria

 

The attached assessment criteria (Appendix 1) will be used as the basis for selecting projects to be funded. Eligible projects will be assessed in accordance with these criteria and should be ranked in order of merit based on the marks awarded.

 

c) No single project may apply to more than eight local authorities; this is to ensure that the fund prioritises locally identified environmental needs.

d) Projects eligible for funding under the Department’s anti-litter or other grant schemes will not be considered under this scheme.

e) Local authorities should not fund their own projects under the scheme.

f) Commercial/business projects are not eligible for funding.

  

Data Protection: Note to applicants:

 

This Scheme is jointly funded by local authorities and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. We take our role in Data Protection seriously.  Therefore, the information you provide will not be shared with any third party. However, it should be noted that this form and any subsequent correspondence may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts and under the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations.

 

Your application form will be retained on file (print and electronic) in compliance with the local authority’s data retention policy and GDPR.

 

General Note to Applicants

 

  1. Tax Clearance / Tax Reference Number: Applicants should be advised that approval of funding will be conditional on tax clearance / tax reference requirements being met. Applicants are required to list the number and name of all grant applications they have submitted to each local authority.

 

  1. Approved projects receive two equal payments, one at the beginning of the project and the remainder once the completion report has been submitted.  The funding partners may engage with the successful applicant throughout the implementation of the project. 

 

  1. In order to ensure that the fund prioritises locally identified environmental needs, it should be noted that no single project may apply to more than eight local authorities.

 

  1. Projects are not eligible for funding if already received via another grant scheme e.g. Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Grant Scheme etc. 

 

  1. Applicants must ensure that relevant projects are carried out in accordance with all Child Protection Policies and Procedures currently in place in each local authority. Applicants may be subject to Garda vetting procedures – your local authority will discuss this with you.

 

  1. Commercial/business projects / for profit projects are not eligible for funding.

 

  1. Completed application forms should be returned to the relevant local authority by 5pm on 27 September 2019 at the latest.  Submission of applications by email is preferred. Late applications cannot be accepted.