Community groups encouraged to apply for funding for environmental projects

Norma Prendiville

Reporter:

Norma Prendiville

COMMUNITY groups and environmental organisations across Limerick have until July 11 to apply for a scheme which funds environmental projects.

COMMUNITY groups and environmental organisations across Limerick have until July 11 to apply for a scheme which funds environmental projects.

The funding for these projectsis being made available under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. And the aim is to help increase local levels of environmental awareness and help communities become more sustainable.

Last year, projects which benefited from this fund included the restoration and extension of a primeval oak woodland habitat at Murroe; the planting of a riverside wood at Kilmallock; an organic school garden at Glenbrohane and a wildflower garden at Gouldavoher.

But other projects which have been funded since the scheme was set up in 1997 include community gardens, allotments, rainwater conservation schemes and compost schemes along with exhibitions and educational initiatives.

Cathaoirleach Mary Harty this week urged community groups to think about suitable projects for their area and to get in their applications. “I am delighted to see that a wide variety of innovative and exciting projects and schemes in County Limerick have been supported under this fund during recent years,” she said.

The Local Agenda Environmental Partnership fund is a joint venture between the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and local authorities, Josephine Cotter Coughlan, director of environment services for the Limerick County Council explained.

The council will match the funds it receives from the department, she added and projects are accepted and assessed locally. Projects should complement national environmental policies, she said. Application forms are available from www.lcc.ie and further information from 061-496192.

The deadline is 4.30pm on July 11.