In tandem, the Chamber Sustainable Cork Programme is ongoing and continues to provide a platform for members to discuss critical topics such as how sustainability can help business resilience in an uncertain world, the fundamental role of ESG led investment decision making in tackling climate change and the wider sustainability agenda. For example, SMEs are increasingly compelled to measure their sustainability performance and are tasked with demonstrating sustainability in their supply chain when supplying good and services to multinational companies who report non-financial performance (carbon emissions and ESG targets) to shareholders.
However, we know that SMEs often struggle to find funding, targeted support programmes and personalised assistance tailored to their needs. In addition to the aforementioned, there are significant Government supports currently available to boost sustainability amongst SMEs – striving towards meeting 2030 climate action goals.
Sample of current funding opportunities and supports available for SMEs
Review the listing below to see if these current programmes could be of interest and relevance to your business or network.
Deadline, 6 May – explore your sustainable business idea.
Deadline 11 May – programme to link a student with a company to progress a project.
Deadline 28 May – grant scheme to provide support to projects in the Circular Economy space.
Ongoing – two days of mentoring with a specialist Green Consultant
Ongoing – GreenStart, GreenPlus and Climate Action voucher
Ongoing – grants for business owners, communities and large industry to reduce their energy costs and greenhouse emissions.
- Skillnet Ireland – The Climate Ready Academy
Programmes, training, and supports offered as part of this national upskilling initiative are fully funded for Irish businesses and employees in the private sector to develop the skills required to mitigate the effects of our changing climate and environment.