Monday 19 March 2018

Funds for green Fingal projects

Environment and Climate Change Minister Denis Naughten.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Denis Naughten.

Some 27 environmental projects around Fingal are to receive grants from the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund which supports local environmental initiatives by communities.

Fingal's allocation from the fund is some €42,000 and is part of a €460,000 funding pot nationwide.

Local Authorities have now drawn down almost all of the allocation which they will match, bringing the total LA21 project funding this year to €908,000.

Some 834 projects are being funded under the 2017 scheme nationwide which is an increase of over 100 projects on 2016. [Full list Senator James Reilly welcomed the funding for local projects, saying: 'The main goal of these local projects is to improve the environment and make our communities more sustainable.

The projects include a new Lusk National School Food Forest Garden, Friends of Lusk Community composting and water harvesting, the Fingal Forest School Project and many more projects raising awareness of biodiversity in Fingal.

'The fund shows how local initiatives can make a real difference in our communities, and showcases how small changes can make lasting improvements to our environment.'

Senator Reilly added: 'The fund supports small scale non-profit environmental projects such as allotments, community gardens, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions.

Eligible projects are those that will support and complement, at a local level, national environmental policies such as those on waste, biodiversity, climate change, air, water and sustainable development.'

Senator Reilly said: 'Ireland faces a once in a generation opportunity to shape the long-term direction of Irish environmental policy that will chart the course towards our low carbon future.'

He concluded: 'To achieve these ambitious goals all State bodies will need to engage positively with local communities, both early and often, to manage the transition to a low carbon future.'

Fingal Independent