Seven-year-old Erin Rohan pictured at the launch of the Energia Get Ireland Growing fund which is worth €75,000. Groups have until January 25 to apply
GROUPS and organisations which grow their own food in 2019, or which take on the challenge to do so, stand to benefit from a €75,000 funding pool sponsored by Energia.
And, in a bid to reach the widest possible number of potential growers, the deadline to apply for funding has been extended to Friday, January 25.
In Limerick, groups which have benefited in the past include Castleconnell NS, Headway and the Murroe Scouts and Monday Night Beavers. A garden project at Adapt House to help children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse also won funding.
The Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund is a partnership between energy utility Energia and the Grow It Yourself movement and the project has been running for the past six years.
Grants will be available across three categories, Sow, Grow and Harvest with awards ranging from €500 to €2,000. In addition a grant of €5000 will be awarded to one selected, special project.
The range of groups or organisations eligible to apply for funding is vast and encompasses community groups, schools, Not for Profit community gardens or allotment groups, Grow It Yourself Groups, hospitals, creches, direct provision centres or Men’s Shed. Any group which grows its own food, wants to grow its own food or wants to promote growing food is eligible to enter.
But in addition to funding, Energia Get Ireland Growing project offers support and information through the Grow It Yourself movement as well as opportunities to exchange knowledge between projects.
In the six years of the project, over 500 projects have been supported, which have made a positive impact on over 140,000 people.
Successful projects include a grow garden for the Irish Wheelchair Association Centre in Carlow, a Recovery Garden in Kilkenny, the Dublin Migrant Women Community Garden and the Edible Landscape Project in Westport.
As many as 85 projects nationwide will get funding in 2019 but to be in with a chance, applications must be submitted by Friday, January 25 and can be made online via www.giy.ie