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Fergal Smith in Moy Hill Community Garden. Photograph by John Kelly

Moy garden creating a community impact

THE Get Involved Awards for 2015 have been underway over the last 10 months and it’s nearing awards day at the end of this month.

The Clann Credo Community Impact Prize category has now been opened out to an online vote. This will allow communities celebrate their success and communicate the great things their projects are achieving locally.

The online voting will commence on this Friday and close on Sunday, February 21. The Community Impact prize fund is €5,000; 1st €3,000, 2nd €1,500, 3rd €500.

The Clann Credo “Community Impact Prize” highlights how outstanding community-based projects meet local and community needs in an innovative & collaborative way. In total six projects from around the country have been shortlisted for this year’s Clann Credo sponsored Community Impact Prize.

Members of the local community are encouraged to get behind their local shortlisted project by sharing information about the online voting on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and through their other local networks

All members of the community are encouraged to cast their vote on www.get-involved.ie/voting. Anyone who votes will be in with a chance to win a €100 voucher for themselves or their community project, which will go towards one of The Wheel’s (www.wheel.ie) training courses.

Clann Credo- the Social Investment Fund provides loans to community organisations, charities and social enterprises These loans help organisations to achieve their social, economic and financial potential, and are on terms and conditions that may not be available to them commercially.
More information on Clann Credo and the Community Impact Prize can be found at www.clanncredo.ie or phone 01 4002100.

The shortlisted projects are:

ATHY Men’s Shed Barrow Cot Boat, Kildare Nationalist

Boomerang Enterprises,Cork Evening Echo

Copper Coast Geopark,Munster Express

Loughmore Tea Rooms,Tipperary Star

Moyhill Community Garden, Clare Champion

Siopa Na Feirme, Kerryman

Broadcaster and environmentalist, Duncan Stewart headed up the judging panel for Get Involved ’15.  Commenting on this year’s expanded initiative Duncan said, “Its key focus is to keep money circulating in local economies by stimulating opportunities for new livelihoods, in producing and trading locally in their choice of renewable energy or quality food products at affordable prices for local needs.”

Following the success of Get Involved 2014, this year, local newspapers from all over Ireland have been joined again in 2015 by the main sponsor Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

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