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Saturday 23 February 2019

Sign up now for grants to 'Get Ireland Growing'

Maria Herlihy

Grants from Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund, which range from €500 up to €2,000, are now open for applications, and one special group will receive €5,000. 

Organisations now have until Friday, January 25, to apply for grants which will enable them to start or futher develop a community food-growing project in their region. In total, there is a €75,000 Energia Get Ireland Growing funding pool. The fund will support at least 86 community food-growing groups from all across the island of Ireland.

This is the sixth year of the fund, which has already supported over 500 community food-growing projects to date, positively impacting over 140,000 people. 

The funding pool is now open to any community group; school; NGO or Not for Profit; community garden or allotment group; Gow it Yourself group; hospital; crèche; direct provision centre; men's shed; and any group which grows its own food, and promote growing food.

 In addition to the funding provided, GIY also provides supports and opportunities for knowledge exchange between the projects, helping the best ideas to be shared through 'Energia Get Ireland Growing', which in turn creates a long-term legacy across Irish communities.

The successful applicants will be celebrated at a gala event, which will be held at the home of GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford, in March 2019. For further details and to submit an application, see www.giy.ie

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