Just Transition Fund

The Just Transition Fund is a new financial instrument within the EU’s Cohesion Policy, which will support communities to meet the objectives of the European Green Deal.

Aims & Objectives

It has three areas of focus:

  • Community transitioning: Support the transition towards a climate neutral economy by 2050
  • Employment and Enterprise: Support the diversification of local economies with carbon intensive industries
  • Training: Generate sustainable employment in green jobs and retrain workers

What does it support?

In Ireland, the National Just Transition Fund facilitates innovative projects that contribute to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of regions which are most affected by the transition away from fossil fuels or greenhouse-gas-intensive industrial processes. 

The 2020 call for projects was directed to the Wider Midlands region as it transitions away from peat as an energy source. 

Funded projects include:

  • New enterprise hubs
  • Supporting local business development
  • Research and exploratory studies
  • Tourism and heritage projects
  • Opportunities for reskilling.

Who can apply?

  • Public bodies (like Education and Training Boards, Institutes of Technology, Local Enterprise Offices), Local Authorities, State Agencies and commercial semi-state bodies are eligible to apply. Note: Government Departments are not eligible to apply
  • Private enterprises
  • Community and voluntary organisations

Applications can be made by an individual organisation or by a consortium.

Why the EU funds just transition

Read more about EU policy on the EU Green Deal.


€17.5 billion over 7 years with €77 million allocated to Ireland.

Project Examples

To date, 43 Just Transition Fund 2020 projects have entered into contract and are delivering their projects in Ireland. See the full list of projects here.

National Contact Point in Ireland

Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications


Email: JTF@decc.gov.ie

Open Calls

Find open calls for Just Transition Fund.

Want to find out more?

Just Transition Fund - Factsheet

Just Transition funding sources

View the latest funding from the EU