Over 100 ideas have been submitted for the €11 million fund.
The Minister for Climate Action and the Environment expects the first projects funded by the €11 million Just Transition fund to come on-stream next month.
Around 150 ideas for future employment options in the region have been submitted in the last three weeks.
The process is being accelerated after Bord na Móna revealed yesterday they'd be ending peat harvesting immediately and focusing on the bog rehabilitation programme.
Minister Richard Bruton doesn't believe that announcement was strategically made with the recent breakthrough on government formation: