Funding available for communities to grow their own

Fine Gael councillor Michael Murphy, is encouraging anyone with an interest in growing their own food to check out the Get Ireland Growing fund, which has €100,000 available to support community food growing initiatives around Ireland.

Fine Gael councillor Michael Murphy, is encouraging anyone with an interest in growing their own food to check out the Get Ireland Growing fund, which has €100,000 available to support community food growing initiatives around Ireland.

“The Get Ireland Growing fund, in partnership with AIB, has grants of between €500 to €5,000 available to schools, community and voluntary organisations interested in embarking on food growing projects and in growing food in a community setting. The funding will help support more than 70 projects around the country and anyone with a keen interest in setting up an allotment or getting a community garden off the ground should apply for funding.

The aim of the fund is to encourage people to develop sustainable projects and to educate children and communities about the benefits, both personally and for the local environment, of growing their own food.

“Schools can avail of funding for training purposes or equipment to help with their initiative in a bid to assisting students to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Where local communities are concerned, desolate and run down areas can be transformed by the arrival of an allotment which also helps to bring communities closer together, fosters pride in the community, encourages social interaction and helps to develop community spirit,” he said.

The closing date for applications is April 30. For more information and to download application forms go to http://www.giyireland.com/pages/getirelandgrowingfund.”