Applications now open for community funding in Tipperary, Cork, Laois, Mayo & Offaly

ChangeX in partnership with Greencoat Renewables announces €175,000 worth of Community Fund’s across 7 locations in Ireland, supporting local community groups, schools, and organisations to build sustainable, thriving communities.

The 7 Funds aim to support local teams to either begin new projects or expand on existing projects, creating a positive social or environmental impact in their community. Applicants can choose from 14 ideas that have already been proven elsewhere (both globally and in Ireland), or can submit their own project, once it addresses one of the fund themes, with up to €5,000 in funding available.

Applications now open for community funding in Tipperary, Cork, Laois, Mayo & Offaly

Earlier this year, ChangeX successfully activated more than 25 community teams in Dublin with funding to start environmental projects through the Dublin Sustainability Challenge, in partnership with Microsoft.

Elena, who took part in the Dublin Challenge, used her €1,000 funding to implement the Pollinator Plan in her neighbourhood in Dublin 15. “We have learned more about the need for this project and why it is so necessary but the greatest impact of this project is the spirit within our community for our estate. This project has brought our community closer together in so many ways. We now have met a range of different neighbours that we never spoke to before. People are now taking much greater care of our green space.”

As a major owner of renewable energy infrastructure, Greencoat Renewables Plc is fully committed to supporting and funding community initiatives to build a more sustainable and prosperous society. Extending their commitment beyond renewable energy assets, Greencoat Renewables strive to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner for the benefit of all their stakeholders and seek to be a best-in-class partner for those living in close proximity to the wind farms they own.

“Greencoat’s commitment to a sustainable future extends beyond the renewable energy we generate. With community leaders having access to the ChangeX platform, we want to help foster new ideas and projects that leave a positive impact in the communities in which we are located.” said Greencoat’s Ben Brooks

The Funds are open to people living within a 10km radius of the Glencarbry, Killhills, An Cnoc, Gortahile, Killala, Monaincha and Knockacummer Wind Farms managed by Greencoat Renewables.

Greencoat Renewables is offering funding of:

€18,000 to support projects across the Killhills Wind Farm Community Fund, Tipperary

€10,000 to support projects across the An Cnoc Wind Farm Community Fund, Tipperary

€33,000 to support projects across the Glencarbry Wind Farm Community Fund, Tipperary

€21,000 to support projects across the Gortahile Wind Farm Community Fund, Laois

€30,000 to support projects across the Kilalla Wind Farm Community Fund, Mayo

€18,000 to support projects across the Monaincha Wind Farm Community Fund, Offaly

€45,000 to support projects across the Knockacummer Wind Farm Community Fund, Cork

The fund themes are Energy, Health & Wellbeing, Sports & Recreation, Culture & Heritage, Sustainability & Environment, and Education & Access.

To Apply

For applicants starting a new project from the portfolio of 14 ideas, seed funding will be allocated to applicants on a first come, first served basis. For those applying for funding for an existing community project, there will be a review process, and those applications that best fit the criteria will be awarded funding. Final applications must be submitted via by 7th October 2021.

About ChangeX

ChangeX is a non-profit, social engagement platform headquartered in Dublin, designed to get funding and resources directly into citizens’ hands to lead impactful projects in their communities.

The ChangeX team works with social innovators in Ireland, the US and across Europe to find and open-source proven solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues. Partnering with companies and foundations to support communities with the necessary funding.

Proven ideas ready to get started in Ireland include Grow it Yourself, Pollinator Plans, Community Fridge, Cycling Without Age, Cycle Bus and Repair Café.

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