€17k for Limerick community groups

MORE than €17,000 has been handed out in environmental grants to local communities across the city.

MORE than €17,000 has been handed out in environmental grants to local communities across the city.

The monies have been distributed to 16 communities by Limerick City Council in association with the JP McManus Charitable Foundation.

The additional money was made available following the success of the inaugural €50k Community Challenge which was won by Castletroy View earlier this month.

The largest single grant of €5,000 was awarded to the Ballinacurra Weston Residents Alliance while €3,000 was awarded to Abundant Life Christian Church.

Southville/Gurteen Residents Association and Log na gCapall residents association were each awarded €1,500.

The Market Quarter area received a special prize of €1000 for its environmental work and the remaining communities each received €500.

A total of 62 communities have now received environmental grants during 2011.

“We at the Foundation are particularly conscious of the need to encourage community participation and volunteerism within all sectors of the community,” said Gerry Boland, director of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation.

“We were delighted to provide this additional prize fund for groups who may not have entered the national Tidy Towns competition but who did mobilise and improve the general appearance of their respective areas,” he added.