IN YOUR COMMUNITY…
What was the Spark Change Challenge?
In 2018, we challenged communities across Ireland to increase their environmental, economic and social sustainability by signing up to the Spark Change Challenge. Participants received support guidance and mentorship to get their projects of the ground. Sixty-eight communities answered the call and 35 of these communities successfully completed the challenge. Eighteen of these projects will now be shortlisted for the Spark Change Awards on 18 October 2019. Along the way, we have also collected dozens of stories from successful projects that could be replicated in your community.
While the Spark Change Challenge is now closed, we encourage you to spark change in your community by:
- learning more about sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- connecting with people who are running successful projects in communities across Ireland (you will find their contact in the stories section)
- starting you own project (see resources and events)
Who took part in the Spark Change Challenge
Any community and voluntary organisation, individual or group of people with a shared vision could sign-up to the Spark Change Challenge. All participating projects had to be based in the Republic of Ireland. Sixty-eight communities signed up to the Challenge, and 35 completed the challenge.
A “community” can be a group of people who live in the same geographical area, for example, a village or city neighbourhood, or a “community of interest” (a group of people who share a common interest or heritage).
What were the benefits of taking part?
> Access to expert advice, guidance and free training
> You will be invited to a series of networking and information events across Ireland
> Access to small grants for community coffee mornings
> National exposure for your project
> All projects that completed the Spark Change Challenge could choose to enter the Spark Change Awards
> All shortlisted projects will receive Spark Change plaques.