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Funding boost for local groups

Community groups and environmental organisations across County Clare are to enjoy a share of €22,000 under the 2014 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund.

The fund, which is administered by Clare County Council in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, will benefit 15 local projects and schemes that are seeking to increase local levels of environmental awareness and help communities become more sustainable.

Senator Tony Mulchay said, “This fund has supported a wide variety of local projects and schemes down through the years, including community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting systems, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Each of these projects has helped to further improve the sustainability and physical appearance of the respective communities.”
The projects include:

– Lorraine Power: Implementing best practice environmental projects for Tidy Towns groups (€2,500)

– Laghtagoona Residents Assoc.: Estate Enhancement Project (€2,450)

– East Clare Co Operative: Future of Food – 1010 for 2010 Documentary (€2,450)

– Ennistymon Tidy Towns: Polytunnel Project (€2,215)

– Coomhola Salmon Trust Ltd: Streamscapes X-Stream (€1,500)

– The Golden Eagle Trust: WTSE Schools Workbook Update (€1,400)

– The Story of the Rubbish Monster: To educate children about the benefits of recycling and anti-litter and environmental awareness (€1,320)

– Bat Conservation Ireland Ltd: Preparing volunteers for BATLAS 2020 survey (€1,300)

– Rainbow Upcycling & Education: To introduce the concept of upcycling to the community (€1,275)

– Grass Roots Education: Environmental education workshops to schools to educate children about all aspects of the natural environment (€1,250)

– CELT: Community Training Coppice Woodland Management Skills (€1,100)

– Hasting Heritage Garden Project: Restoration of Hastings Farmhouse gardens and vegetable plot (€1,000)

– Garden of Eden Project: Clare Community Orchards (€900)

– Irish Seed Savers Association: Creating biodiversity awareness at primary schools (€840)

– GIY Ballyvaughan: Winter Workshops on Growing Your Own Produce (€500).

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