Funding available for community food-growing projects

Posted on: 6th December, 2016

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

Community and voluntary organisations have until January 20, 2017 to apply for grants under the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’ €70,000 pool of funding, in partnership with GIY. The grants will enable organisations 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. Together GIY and Energia will support at least 85 community food-growing groups from all across the country.

Launching the initiative, the founder of GIY Michael Kelly said, “Energia Get Ireland Growing’ rewards and celebrates the community champions who are putting food back at the heart of their communities. These types of projects usually struggle to find funding and supports and we are delighted to partner with Energia on this shared vision to back incredible food growing initiatives with the 2017 fund.”

In addition to the funding provided, GIY also provides additional supports and opportunities for knowledge exchange between the projects, helping the best ideas to be shared through ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’. All of the projects remain part of the GIY network in the long term, giving them access to other GIY resources and additional groups and projects within the network, creating a long-term legacy.

GIY’s ‘Get Ireland Growing’ initiative has supported over 400 community food growing projects to date, positively impacting over 100,000 people. €270,000 has been awarded over the last four years and this was distributed to projects all across the country.  One of the flagship projects supported in West Cork includes a vegetable garden for asylum seekers in Clonakilty.

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 or any group who grows their own food, or wants to grow food and wants to promote growing food. The deadline for applications is the end of January 2017 and applications can be made online via www.giyinternational.org/energia-get-ireland-growing.html.

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