Fin­gal is in­vited to ‘Get Ire­land Grow­ing’

Fingal Independent - - OPINION -

Com­mu­nity groups and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions from all across Fin­gal and the rest of the coun­try are now in­vited to ap­ply to the En­er­gia Get Ire­land Grow­ing and GIY fund 2019, as the €75,000 pool of fund­ing opens for ap­pli­ca­tions.

Groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions have un­til Jan­uary 18th 2019 to ap­ply for grants, which will en­able them to start or fur­ther de­velop a com­mu­nity food-grow­ing project in their area. The En­er­gia Get Ire­land Grow­ing Fund will be split across three cat­e­gories, ‘Sow’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Har­vest’ with awards rang­ing from €500 to €2,000 with one group se­lected to re­ceive €5,000. To­gether En­er­gia and GIY 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. €410,000 has been awarded over the last six years and this was dis­trib­uted to projects all across the coun­try. The fund­ing pool is now open to any com­mu­nity group, school, NGO or Not for Profit, com­mu­nity gar­den or al­lot­ment group, GIY group, hos­pi­tal, crèche, di­rect pro­vi­sion cen­tre, men’s shed, any group who grow their own food, want to grow their own food and want to pro­mote grow­ing food. Ap­pli­ca­tions can now be made on­line via www.giy.ie

Launch­ing the ini­tia­tive, the founder of GIY Michael Kelly said: ‘We are de­lighted to open the €75,000 2019 fund and look for­ward to re­ward­ing the com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons who are putting food back at the heart of their com­mu­ni­ties.

‘The En­er­gia & GIY Get Ire­land Grow­ing Fund is one of the most cre­ative awards in the area of food, and it is a real priv­i­lege to know that we can re­ally help to make the most in­cred­i­ble food grow­ing projects a re­al­ity for a huge num­ber of peo­ple across Ire­land. We look for­ward to get­ting as many ap­pli­ca­tions as pos­si­ble for the 2019 fund and we hope to de­liver fund­ing all across the na­tion.’

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’ cre­at­ing a long-term legacy. Com­ment­ing at the launch, Oon­agh Gildea, Mar­ket­ing Ac­qui­si­tion and Spon­sor­ship at En­er­gia said: ‘We’re thrilled to launch En­er­gia Get Ire­land Grow­ing for the third year. We’ve had a phe­nom­e­nal re­sponse to this ini­tia­tive over the past two years. The passion and ded­i­ca­tion of peo­ple across the coun­try who are ig­nit­ing pos­i­tive change in their com­mu­ni­ties is truly in­spir­ing. At En­er­gia we are com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able liv­ing and help­ing fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties to re­duce their car­bon foot­print.’

Pic­tured are twins Ul­tan and Erin Ro­han age 7 at the launch of the ‘En­er­gia Get Ire­land Grow­ing’ fund.

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