In a call for applications published this Monday, the Department listed agriculture among the sectors eligible for suppport from the fund.
"The focus of this Call for Applications is providing grant funding to larger scale projects (seeking total support in excess of €1m) that are scheduled to commence development in 2019 or 2020," the document reads.
Agriculture accounts for one third of Irish greenhouse gas emissions and offers large potential to meet Ireland's EU obligation to produce 16% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
The Department will receive applications between 17 September and 1 October. An advisory board will assess each project's potential in helping achieve Ireland’s climate and energy targets and recommend them to Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten for selection.
Individual on-farm projects to roll-out existing technologies such as investment in a solar farm or anaerobic digestor are not eligible as they will benefit from other schemes under development.
Instead, the Climate Action Fund will support new ideas that "must provide additionality to that which would otherwise be developed." "It’s about turning innovative ideas into climate action and using this fund to support larger scale projects that would otherwise not be developed without this support from Government," Minister Naughten said. The fund will cover up to 50% of each project's investment.
Private and public bodies except Government departments can apply for funding, which makes it accessible to co-ops, factories, farming organisations and state agencies such as Teagasc or Bord Bia.
The Department has announced further calls for applications as the fund develops.
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