How to Apply

​Climate change is a key challenge for all of us, and we must act now, particularly in the interests of future generations. You can enter our competition by downloading our application form or through the Tidy Towns website. Completed application forms can be sent by post to Climate Mitigation & Awareness Division, Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, 29 - 31 Adelaide Road, Dublin, D02 X285 or by email to climateawards@dccae.gov.ie.

We are looking for committees to demonstrate innovative ways to address the challenge of climate change which could be easily replicated by other communities. Of particular interest is whether you have:

  • Shown how working together with the wider community (i.e. sports clubs, social clubs, Men’s sheds, schools, local authorities or other community groups) has influenced behaviour change to more environmentally sustainable practices
  • Demonstrated how you raised awareness within the community, for example enhanced your community’s links and co-operation with the Green Schools Programme and other initiatives dedicated to tackling climate change or run a series of Climate related lectures/ workshops etc.
  • Encouraged your community to improve the impact of the everyday choices they make, including for example travel, impact of food waste, food miles, recycling and upcycling
  • Ensured the sustainable use of local resources and a considered approach to protecting the environment. This could, for example, include innovative waste management activities or protective landscaping

Two prizes of €2,250 will be awarded to two TidyTowns Committees, one from a large town/urban centre and one from a village/small town. Also recognising the key role of the younger generation in the climate challenge, an additional award of €500 is also available this year which has demonstrated the greatest contribution from either a large or small town on the same theme. Marks will be awarded for community involvement, raising community awareness, lasting effects, continued action ongoing with sustainability objectives and replicability in other similar communities.