GIY grant for Aston Village
A DROGHEDA school was one of many through out the country to benefit from grants of up to €5,000 from the GIY (Grow It Yourself) Get Ireland Growing Fund, in partnership with AIB.
Aston Village Educate Together received funding to establish a food garden at the school, which will benefit 292 mainstream children, ranging in age from 4-12.
The school is one of the most multicultural in Ireland, with 46 different cultures and languages represented – project organisers believe that having an outdoor learning environment will greatly enhance oral language and communication among these children.
Many of the children have no experience of growing food at home and a school garden will give them the opportunity to learn new skills in a fun and safe environment.
'Without support from the AIB GIY Get Ireland Growing Fund, over 300 children in our school would have little or no experience of growing fruit and vegetables,' said a spokesman for the school.
'The Get Ireland Growing Fund has made this vision a reality.'
72 community based food-growing projects, including voluntary groups, residents associations, schools and hospitals are to benefit from the grants.
Following a four month application and evaluation process, GIY announces the winning projects, located in 23 counties. The fund aims to support and encourage the local food-growing movement now evident across the country with grants of €500 for the smallest projects to €5,000 for larger schemes.