Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund

Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund


The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, which has operated since 1997, promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects at local level. These projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups including community groups, schools and environmental NGOs.
The Fund encourages involvement of local communities in local action and decision-making and assists them in working towards the goal of sustainable development. The value of the scheme is enhanced by the voluntary effort that it facilitates.
The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund assists sustainable development from the ground-up and facilitates, at local level, the achievement of the objectives of the Agenda 21 action plan on sustainable development which was agreed at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, in 1992 (the “Earth Summit”).  Renewed political commitment for sustainable development was secured at the Rio +20 Conference in Brazil in June 2012, on the 20th anniversary of the “Earth Summit’. 
The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund is administered by local authorities, while the Department maintains a co-ordinating role. Eligible projects are those which support and complement, at a local level, national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Air, Water and Sustainable Development. Local authorities are required to provide an equivalent amount of funding to successful projects as the funding provided by the Department. Funding can also be supplemented by other sources, e.g. the private sector, in order to maximise the potential for partnership arrangements.


A total of 397,760 euro has been provided by the Department in 2014 to 697 projects around the country.  This funding is matched by equivalent funding from the local authorities. A wide variety of projects and schemes has been supported under the Fund in previous years including community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting systems, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. A list of projects funded in 2014 can be viewed at the following link: 

2014 Successful Local Agenda 21 Projects (pdf, 902kb)


How to Apply

The application process is advertised each year in national and local press. The next application process will take place in mid-2015. Further information is available from the Environment Awareness/Education Officer of your local authority:

General Information

For general information on the Fund please contact:
Environment Policy & Awareness Section 
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government 
Newtown Road, Wexford
Tel: +353 (0)53 911 7321 
e-mail: awareness@environ.ie