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SDCC Grants Deadlines 2024

Rolling update from 2/2/24. This update May 8 2024.

Tidy Towns grants click here (different phases)

Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grants click here (7th June deadline)

Community Recognition Fund (helping new arrivals) click here

Details of the Separate Community Infrastructure Fund will be announced later in the year.


Community Grants Programme - Rolling applications from now until 31st October

The Community Grants Programme is aimed at providing financial assistance to Community and Voluntary Groups who are responding to locally identified needs within their communities. Applications must be made online and can be accessed on the Council’s website.

A wide range of Community Development & Community Events funding will be available to Community groups across the County. These are listed below with links to the Community Grants Booklet and the Online Application Form for your convenience.

Types of Grants

Community Development Grants

  • Start Up Costs for Community Groups

  • Running Costs Grant for Community Groups

  • Support for Community Events/Festivals

  • Summer Projects Grants

  • Environmental Improvement Grant

  • Major & Minor Equipment Grant

  • Community Centre Based I.T. Infrastructure Grant

  • Community Centre I.T. Networking and Administration Grant

  • Management Support Fund for Community Centres (advertised via SDCC website)

Note re: Summer Projects (updated 4th April)

The closing date for Summer Projects applications is the 10th of May at 4pm. Page 8/9 of above Community Grants booklet contains the information about the summer project funding criteria.

Click on the form link below to express interest in doing a new summer project. A member of the SDCC Community Development Team will follow up.


Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme 2024 - Deadline 7th June


South Dublin County Council is now accepting applications for funding of projects which qualify as Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Initiatives. Applications should seek to promote public awareness and education in relation to litter and/or graffiti.


This Grant Scheme has a particular focus on voluntary initiatives by community and environmental groups, and on involving schools and young people in anti-litter and anti-graffiti awareness actions.

Application form here:

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Applications must be made to South Dublin County Council no later than 5pm Friday 7th June 2024.


Late applications will not be accepted.


Community Recognition Fund 2024

The Community Recognition Fund was introduced in 2023 to recognise the huge efforts made by communities in welcoming and supporting new arrivals to Ireland seeking safety and protection here. Last year, through the 2023 Scheme, funding of €50 million was approved for some 900 projects in cities, towns and villages nationwide. Based on the continued impacts on communities throughout the country and the need to support these communities in welcoming new arrivals, a further €50 million is being provided under the Community Recognition Fund 2024.

South Dublin County Council has been allocated €2,249,663 by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) to deliver projects over 2024 and 2025, with funding allocated across 3 application windows as outlined below:

Application Window 1        up to 31st May 2024

Application Window 2        August 1st to September 30th 2024

Application Window 3        January 1st to  January 31st 2025


Community Infrastructure Fund - Not published yet

The Community Infrastructure Fund is a fund (€350,000 in 2023) which offers Community Groups (including Sports Clubs) the opportunity to apply for funding, to assist with the costs of either constructing new Community Facilities or for the modernisation and/or expansion of existing premises, requests from a minimum of €5,000 up to a maximum of €50,000 will be considered.

I will update when this programme is published, likely around May. For now, there's information on the 2023 page here:


Tidy Towns Groups

Seed 1 deadline 16th Feb

Seed Funding Round, which was made available in early January, is provided to get Tidy Towns groups restarted for the Spring and New Competition year, costs such as: annual Insurance, PPE, small equipment replacements, initial spring replanting etc.

Round 2 of the Tidy Towns grant is now open to all groups. This funding is for practical projects to improve entry in the TT Competition. The application form can be found here: and the closing date for applications is 27th May 2024.


Documentation, including receipts, as evidence of goods purchased or of works carried out will need to be provided. Please note that failure to return receipts relating to this grant may impact on eligibility to apply for future funding from SDCC.

Round 1 Seed funding 2024 application closed Feb 16th. March 2023: "Any groups who have still not applied for Seed Funding, please note we are still accepting applications".Please click on link for app 



Community Climate Action Programme - deadline 6th March - EXTENDED TO 27th March

Ireland is aiming to become a climate neutral economy and resilient society by 2050. To achieve a climate neutral economy, it is about dramatically reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that we release into the atmosphere. To achieve a resilient society, we need to adapt our communities to be better prepared to face the impacts of climate change, for example flooding or heat.

Communities can play a critical role in driving such positive change. South Dublin County Council, in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, will support this through the Community Climate Action Programme.

We got news on 23rd Feb that this programme has been extended to 27th March: "The Council has taken the decision to extend the Community Climate Action Programme (CCAP) application deadline to Wednesday 27th March for strand 1 and 1a.

"The application extension is necessary due to the high level of interest in the fund and our desire for the most successful outcome for the CCAP, as possible. The extension will be communicated shortly to local groups and through SDCC’s communication channels."

There's an initial fund of over €1 million available within SDCC. More details at this link:


Local Enhancement Programme - deadline 6th March

The Local Enhancement Programme will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities, and/or to purchase equipment, such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment etc. (Capital Grants only). Click here for information:


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