Local projects receive grant aid

A number of projects in and around Boyle have received grant aid from the 2018 Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund.

Among those to receive funds locally are:

Abbey Community College       Woodwork upcycling        €1360 in total

St Patrick’s NS       Watering system for polytunnel      €450 in total

Ballyfarnon Community Enterprise     Biodiversity and habitat assesssment    €400 in total

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In announcing the funding Minister Denis Naughten said:  “I am delighted to announce that 880 projects nationally will receive funding from the 2018 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. These projects are small scale local projects which will impact communities throughout Ireland. I would like to commend those applicants who were successful in receiving funding and to wish them every success in achieving their goals to improve the sustainability of their local environment. These projects showcase how small changes at a local level can make lasting improvements to the environment we all must share and protect.”

Funding provided by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is matched by funding by Roscommon County Council, and projects may also attract funding from other sources. A total of €453,000 of the available €460,000 was drawn down by local authorities nationwide. The €453,000 drawn from the Department is matched by local authorities and also supplemented by the applicants own funding and other sources giving a total investment of over €1.5m in 2018.

Eligible projects are those that will support and complement, at local level, national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Air, Water and Sustainable Development. A wide variety of projects received support in 2018 including, among others, community gardens, schools, allotments, tidytowns groups, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes and educational initiatives.

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