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.

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.


The 2016 Local Agenda 21 Environment Partnership Fund is now closed. The 2017 Scheme will be announced in April/May 2017.

Please see below a list of successful projects funded under the 2016 Scheme.

List of Successful Grant Recipients for 2016



The 2015 Local Agenda 21 Environment Partnership Fund is now closed. Over €390,000 was provided by the department to 770 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.

List of projects funded in 2015 (pdf, 1,062kb)

General Information

For general information on the Fund please contact:

Environment Policy & Awareness Section
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Newtown Road,
Y35 AP90.

Tel: +353 (0)53 911 7475
e-mail: awareness@environ.ie