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Sustainable Cork Fund 2019-2020

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Shaping a more inclusive future through environmental, social and economic innovations

This is a €200,000 fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Cork Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The Sustainable Cork Fund will support not-for-profit organisations to increase the sustainability of Cork’s urban and rural communities through environmental, social and economic innovations. Taking sustainability to include environmental, social and economic resilience, the fund will support projects achieving impact in:

  1. Climate action and environmental awareness: increasing sustainability, climate change education, increasing efforts in recycling, the circular economy, green production and waste awareness, etc.
  2. Community inclusion and cohesion: generating a positive sense of belonging, particularly for marginalised and vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, people in minority ethnic groups, etc.
  3. Sustainable employment and economic development: supporting good quality jobs for all, strengthening Cork’s business environment sustainably and increasing localised economic development
Conor Healy, CEO and Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber with Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland launching the Sustainable Cork Fund.


  • Awards package worth €55,000 
  • Cash grants of up to €40,000 
  • Business supports package worth up to €15,000
  • A place on an Accelerator Programme from January 2021 to June 2021. This programme will include growth planning, impact measurement and communications training, as well as access to Rethink Ireland’s expertise and networks.
  • Project performance management


This fund has closed for applications.


A team of experts will review the applications. Projects which are shortlisted will be invited to an interview to give more information about their project. Project leaders will be invited to interviews, which will take place in June 2020. The judges may do further checks or site visits. The Awardees will be notified in September/October 2020. The Awards Ceremony and announcement will take place in Autumn 2020.


We will invite your project leader to take part in an Accelerator Programme which runs from January 2021. This programme will include:

  • mentoring
  • planning for growth
  • measuring the impact of the project
  • communications training
  • access to Rethink Ireland’s expertise and networks

We will expect your project leader to devote at least two days a month to the programme.

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