IC colour
Free training designed to solve local challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought great change across the globe and has highlighted many challenges, old and new, that our country is facing. More than anything, it has demonstrated the resilience and determination of our communities, who came together in a multitude of ways to support, inspire, and overcome.

The importance of community-led action has never been more obvious, and with it the need to empower and facilitate such vital work. Innovating Communities is a two year project that aims to train and mentor over 900 participants (known as Challengers) from six counties (Monaghan, Cavan, Louth, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal) by teaching them valuable Design Thinking skills in order to create and enact solutions to local issues.

Anyone can sign up to be a Challenger. Maybe you want to be more involved in your local community but don't know where to start. Perhaps you're a member of a group/council/club who want help tackling a specific Challenge. Or you could be a community veteran who just wants to learn a new way of thinking. Whoever you are, Innovating Communities is free and accessible to all.
The Challenger's Journey
IC challengers journey
  1. Challengers start by registering on the Innovating Communities website to meet like-minded learners and stay up-to-date on all the action.
  2. Challenges (any issues or opportunities that you have identified in your area) should be submitted to the Challenge Bank. To keep your community are the heart of the project, these Challenges will be collated and used to form the basis of our training Courses.
  3. Groups can be clubs, councils, and associations - any kind of group at all. If you're a member of a pre-existing Group, why not add it to the site so others can learn about it. Alternatively, you can join a Group already on the site, or start your own!
  4. Courses will be available on the website very soon. Challengers can sign up for Courses that relate to a Challenge they have encountered or simply have a passion for.
  5. Design Thinking is a process that puts people at the heart of solving Challenges. Every Challenger will learn these skills, which have been used by some of the world's biggest companies to achieve success.
  6. By the completion of the project we believe every Challenger will have the confidence and ability to find solutions for current and future Challenges; helping to sustain long-term community-led action.
Ready to begin your journey? Sign up now and start to innovate your community.

⭐️ Ireland has been Mila's home for over 18 years. Monaghan, its amazing people, and Ireland have been incredibly good to her and she wants to give back. She is a business owner, Interpreter and recently a co- founder of a Social Enterprise MATIC - Migrants Advocacy, Training and Integration Centre. She hopes to be of assistance to Monaghan Community and play a part in making Monaghan even a better place to live.
⭐️ Gerard works as an Education Officer with Monaghan Integrated Development. He helps clients in the County to access relevant supports to improve their lives including training courses and a variety of other interventions. He works closely with a range of individuals in County Monaghan, including unemployed people, members of the travelling community, and disadvantaged young people. Outside his work, he's Chairperson of his local Community Development Association and Coaching Officer with his local GAA club.
Innovating Communities offers free training Courses for people who want to find solutions to Challenges facing their community.
These brilliant co-trainers will help facilitate Courses in Monaghan.
📖 Register here to add Challenges and sign up for Courses: innovating.ie
Or contact Collette / 087 176 1732.



IC Courses Challenges
We, Monaghan Integrated Development, are part of the Innovating Communities project which offers free training and mentoring in Problem Solving aka Design Thinking.
We're forming our first Innovating Communities training Courses now! Sign up to be notified when they open for registration at www.innovating.ie/join
More and more Courses will be made available in the coming months and we want to know what kind of topics YOU want to see in them.
By submitting a Challenge that your community is facing, you can increase the chances of it being addressed via Problem Solving aka Design Thinking in one of our Courses.
Go to the Challenge Bank to submit yours - or if someone beat you to it, like and comment on that Challenge to show support 👍 www.innovating.ie/ideas
Interested? Questions? Contact Collette:  / 087 1761732

The Government has launched a public consultation process for the next Climate Action Plan. Everyone has the opportunity to engage with the online Climate Conversations platform, which will seek people’s opinions on various elements of Climate Action and particularly perspectives on actions at a local level.

You don’t need to be a climate expert for your opinion to be valued, Government want to hear from as many people as possible in order to ensure that a diverse range of perspectives and experiences inform the development of the next Climate Action Plan.

Click on the link for further information and to have your say.

 MID Logo 2021 
We are pleased to announce the roll out of the new Transitional LEADER Programme for County Monaghan commencing 1st April 2021 that will bridge the gap between the wind-up of the 2014-2020 LEADER Programme and the start of the next EU Programme in 2023.

A key focus of the Transitional LEADER Programme is on building capacity within communities that have not received LEADER funding to-date. It will also continue to support and encourage entrepreneurship and job creation in the county, and support projects that address the climate agenda and digital transformation, as well as encourage rural communities across the county to build on their existing strengths and assets.
The Transitional LEADER Programme seeks to address the challenges facing rural Ireland and places emphases on the following priorities:
  • Supports to rural businesses seeking to reach new markets, expand, innovate and/or diversify in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or Brexit, with a particular emphasis on providing support to businesses in the food sector.
  • Community-based projects that seek to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Supports and capacity building for communities that have not previously received assistance under LEADER or other rural programmes, engage directly with new applicants to develop projects and enhance collaboration within communities.
  • Support for new and innovative projects in the areas of climate change, environmental protection and the green economy.
  • Maximise the potential of broadband and the digital economy in communities, including through skills development and building awareness and usage of available remote working facilities.
  • Encouragement of projects that utilise the Smart Village approach to local area development.
If you have a project idea and would like to find out more about the opportunities available through LEADER for your community or business, phone us on 042 9749 500 or complete an Expression of Interest form here and email it to .
All Expressions of Interest received will be assessed for eligibility for funding in line with the LEADER Operating Rules, Monaghan Local Development Strategy and the priorities for Transitional Funding. If your proposed project is eligible, you will be invited to submit a project application. 
LEADER Tagline 2021

Aerial Shot of Concra Wood Golf Club at Lough Muckno 1
Innovating Communities in Monaghan – where the sky is the limit! Check out the full Monaghan blog post here.
We, Monaghan Integrated Development, have partnered with Icecream Architecture to deliver the Innovating Communities project along with some financial support from Combilift.
We believe that Monaghan can combat the uncertainty of Brexit and COVID19 while leading the delivery of Innovative Thinking in the county & border region.
Already, we are proud of the innovation in Monaghan community projects such as the Sliabh Beagh Hotel Community Hotel, Concra Wood Golf & Country ClubCoH-Sync (Community Health Sync Project) plus much more, along with innovative business practices and production by Combilift.
We're building a strong challenge bank on the website with themes and challenges such as Climate Transition, Rural Attractiveness, Digital Inclusion, and Improved Accessibility for people with disabilities and more, posted so far. But we want to hear more from YOU.
Visit the website and register at www.innovating.ie/join 
Innovating Communities will enable local Monaghan people to lead change in their area so get involved!
To chat more about the project with MID, contact Collette  / 087 176 1732
IC Designing Our Future 32

IC colour
If you missed the Monaghan Launch and Workshop of Innovating Communities on Tuesday 23rd February, you can watch the recording at https://youtu.be/st5doPXSW9s 
Innovating Communities (IC) is a new project in County Monaghan and across neighbour counties Cavan, Louth, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal.
The project invites and needs community organisations, individuals and businesses like YOU to contribute and participate in a series of (free) facilitated sessions to work through an idea or challenge that you identify in your local area. Challenges and ideas can address Biodiversity and Climate Action to Connectivity / Broadband and Social Enterprise plus much more.
Ways to get involved with Innovating Communities in County Monaghan;
  • Register on the website and keep up to date with IC activity in Monaghan, no commitment required, at www.innovating.ie/join
  • Log your own challenge and or ‘like’ and comment on challenges in Monaghan at www.innovating.ie/ideas 
    The challenges with the most 'likes' and interaction will be considered most popular and so, most likely to be addressed through the design thinking process.
  • Share the project with any individuals or groups you think would benefit from the programme
For more information, please visit www.innovating.ie or contact Collette  
Keep up to date by following Monaghan Integrated Development and Innovating Communities on all social streams.
#innovatingireland #innovatingmonaghan #innovatingcommunities
IC launch Tagline

Watch the Regional Launch of Innovating Communities
If you missed Innovating Communities Regional Launch on Wednesday 17th February, you can watch the recording and read Minister Heather Humphrey’s speech on the project’s website at www.innovating.ie/watch-regional-launch
Heather Humphries                                                            We were over the moon to have Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister of Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands, launch our Innovating Communities Programme (ICP) on Wednesday 17th February.
The Minister commended the aims of the project saying "This project is very timely in supporting communities to build from the bottom up and respond to COVID-19 at a local level."

"When we are talking about rural development, innovation is pivotal when it comes to assisting rural communities to be more active stakeholders in making our communities more sustainable."
To get involved with the project, register at and visit www.innovating.ie 


Page 1 of 4