irl - 16 Community Project Gets a Green Light under LA 21

Sixteen environmental projects received confirmation last week that they were successful in their application for funding under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2016. The projects are co-funded by the Department of Environment and Kilkenny County Council.

The fund fosters sustainable development by funding a wide range of local environmental initiatives. This year's projects are a mix of local community projects and education workshops which will be rolled out as part of the Councils ongoing Environment Education Programme. Workshops will be offered to both primary and secondary schools in the forthcoming academic year. The community projects vary, some focus on boosting local biodiversity while others plan to survey local areas to determine what types of wildlife occur naturally and raise awareness through guided walks. Many of the successful applications relate to community gardening projects, "there is a strong interest in growing food locally in a community setting which the Council welcomes as it is seen to have multiple advantages including the promotion of waste prevention and a capacity to build strong community links locally which nurtures community spirit" commented Bernadette Moloney, Environmental Awareness Officer with Kilkenny County Council

The following table lists successful applicants, their projects and the amount awarded.

Successful Applicants

  1. Droichead Family Resource Centre, Community Garden, Allotment & Mens Shed €280
  2. Tullahought Community Dev. Ass., Wildlife Garden €500
  3. Ballyragget Dev. Ass., Sustainable Flower + Shrub Planting Project €150
  4. Kilkenny Integration Forum, CréArt Day €500
  5. Good Shephard Centre, The Veg Shed Community Garden €1,200
  6. Goresbridge Rural Dev. Mapping Our Ecology €1,200
  7. Eco Advocacy, Invasive Species of Kilkenny - Education €1,320
  8. Respond, Millennium Community Gardening Project €800
  9. Graiguenamanagh Community Garden, Off - Grid Socio-Educational Community Hub €1,400
  10. Richview Residents Association, Conservation and Management Plan for Richview Pond €400
  11. Happe House Ltd, Hebron Park, Biodiversity Initiative €600
  12. Gavin Harte, ESD Training, A Pedal Energy Day of Action for Green Schools €1,050
  13. Global Action Plan Primary Environmental Workshops €3,000
  14. Leave No Trace Ireland Leave No Trace Workshops €2,250
  15. Bennettsbridge Tidy Towns Community Environmental Improvements €1,600
  16. Conor Dwane The Story Of The Rubbish Monster €2,640

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