Thousands of euro announced for environmental projects

Environmental projects in Kilkenny will receive over €22,000 in funding over the coming year with both Kilkenny County Council and the Department of the Environment providing the grants.

Environmental projects in Kilkenny will receive over €22,000 in funding over the coming year with both Kilkenny County Council and the Department of the Environment providing the grants.

Under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, 15 projects will be co-funded by the department and local authorities. In Kilkenny the total amount of funding will be €11,055 from Kilkenny local authorities and a further €11,055 will be provided by the department.

“I’m delighted to have been able to increase the funding available under this grant scheme by over 25% this year. This funding helps to facilitate small-scale environmental projects and can make a real difference in getting these community projects off the ground. Funding is being provided to a wide range of environmental awareness raising initiatives, including community gardens, wildlife protection, education and waste reduction projects. These are undertaken by Tidy Towns groups, youth groups and various other local groups. The list of projects demonstrates the good work being done in communities right across the country,” said Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

The two biggest items of expenditure are €4,800 to Down to Earth Theatre for a project entitled ‘The R Factor’ and €4,200 for a project entitled ‘The story of the rubbish monster.’ Future Proof Kilkenny also received €1,500 for the purchase of an apple press.