Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has encouraged local groups to apply to the Just Transition fund which is now open for expressions of interest for projects which can assist a positive transition from peat harvesting and power generation in affected communities and related groups in the wider Midland Region.
“The first call for proposals from the €11m fund are now open and groups from Kildare are encouraged to apply. First stage proposals are currently being accepted from community-based groups in Kildare and around the Midlands who want to submit a project to assist communities and groups at a local or wider level affected by the phasing out of peat extraction and peat-based energy generation.
“The first step in the application process is to register details of your project. This can be done up to Friday 12th June by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 12th 2020.
“Further details and application forms can be found at www.midlandsireland.ie. This includes an Engagement Document which provides guidance on which organisations can make proposals as well as ideas and insights on potential types of projects and activities which could help create a more positive future for communities affected by peat phase out.
“The website also sets out an explanation of the submission process and how project proposals will be assessed. Registering projects through this Engagement Process, is the first stage in applying for funds from the Just Transition Fund.
“The government is acutely aware of the impact an early exit from peat is having on workers and their families and on the Midlands more broadly. Like many other businesses, Bord na Móna has also been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic which is compounding this impact. Securing sustainable employment opportunities for the region and a just transition for those most severely affected is at the heart of our response.