Municipal District: 16 April 2021 

The Meetings Administrator confirmed the members had been issued with a report on the Climate Innovation Fund in relation to Celbridge–Leixlip Municipal District prior to the meeting.

Ms O’Rourke stated five applications were received. One was a duplicate, two didn’t meet entry requirements hence they were unsuccessful and two were successful.
It was proposed to fund the highest scoring group 100% and the second placed group by 75% allowing them to demonstrate the work proposed. Releasing € 25,000 of Local Property Tax for this work.

The members raised the following points;

  • The projects were very encouraging and showed amazing knowledge andways of restoring our environment.
  • Could the Climate Action Team go back to the unsuccessful applicants andgive them feedback as to how they could be successful for next year.
  • Would it be possible for these two groups to give demonstrations, once theyhave an outcome and depending on the time scales?

The Cathaoirleach thanked Councillor Liston who had initiated this process. She congratulated the Celbridge-Leixlip Municipal District on being the first to get this off the ground.

Councillor Liston thanked the Environment Department, Climate Action Department, Mr. Deegan and Ms O’Rourke and congratulated all the groups on their contributions.

Ms O’Rourke also thanked Councillor Liston and Mr Deegan for their help and support. She confirmed that she would write to unsuccessful groups with feedback and inform them of what other funding was available. She would also ascertain could other municipal districts take this initiative on.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Liston, seconded by Councillor Neville that the report be noted and Ms O’Rourke would write to unsuccessful groups with feedback and ascertain could other municipal districts take this initiative on.