Boost for local projects as grants announced

A range of local community groups and people are to received financial backing from the Government to support their initiatives and projects.

A range of local community groups and people are to received financial backing from the Government to support their initiatives and projects.

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan announced the recipients of grant funding under the 2013 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund on Friday. The projects are being co-funded by the Department and the various local authorities; €400,000 is being provided by the Department, with a matching amount of €400,000 being provided by local authorities, bringing total funding under the 2013 scheme to €800,000 – an increase of €126,000 over 2012 funding.

In addition to the funding provided by the Department and the local authorities, the successful applicants have also raised further funds locally, bringing the total shared partnership investment to over €1.4 million. In total, Kilkenny’s allocation between the Department and the local authority was €17,616.

Here, the Constructive Waste Company was the joint-largest beneficiary, receiving €1,000 from both the Department and and the local authority. The €2,000 will top up the company’s own investment of €2,000, to be used for constructive waste workshops, which involve low cost creative activity with recyclable material.

Marine Dimensions, which provides marine education to schools, was also awarded €2,000, while the Kilkenny Fruit Tree Project received €1,000. Graig Community Garden will have a €500 contribution to its rainwater harvesting initiative, and Bennettsbridge Tidy Towns Committee receives €1,600 for its community biodiversity survey.

Mark Nolan’s biodiversity project is to get an €1,800 boost, and Templeorum parish gets €750 for its community allotment improvement works. TASK will get €1,500 to ‘up-cycle’ old furniture as part of its Recovery Project, while €700 goes to the Leasca Ard residents’ association, which is creating an orchard.

CKEA’s sustainable living project will receive €1,126, while the Mens’ Shed at the Good Shepherd is to get €1,500 for ‘up-cycling’ bicycles.

Coppice Traditions and Planting will get €650 towards helping them inform the community about Irish woodlands, while Camphill is to get €900 towards the re-development of the Westcourt estate.

Cabini Cahill’s ‘To Bee or not Too Bee’ will get €1,500 for its Theatre Game on environmental issues.

The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at a local level. Projects are recommended for funding by local authorities following an open call for applications. Funding goes to a wide range of local initiatives; including community gardens, waste reduction and biodiversity projects.

“I’m delighted to have increased the funding being provided under this year’s scheme,” said Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

“The scheme fosters sustainable development by funding a wide range of local environmental initiatives – over 650 projects are being funded this year. I’m delighted that my Department, in conjunction with the local authorities can help to make these projects happen and can assist the good work that’s being done in communities right across the country.”

A full list of this year’s successful projects is available on the Department’s website.