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Funding announced for 22 Mayo environmental projects

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 11:41am

Funding announced for 22 Mayo environmental projects

Friends of Mayo Dark Skies are one of the recipients of a grant

THE Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has confirmed that Mayo is set to receive €27,600 in funding under the Local Agenda Environmental Partnership Fund.

This fund supports local environmental initiatives by communities, individuals and not-for-profit groups.

Under the scheme, funding provided by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is matched by local authorities, and projects may also attract funding from other sources.

A total of €453,000 of the available €460,000 was drawn down by local authorities.

The €453,000 drawn from the department is matched by local authorities and also supplemented by the applicants own funding and other sources giving a total investment of over €1.5 million in 2018.

Minister Ring said: “I was delighted to see that Mayo will receive €27,600 to support 22 projects.

“These schemes enhance our entire community. Maintaining our natural environment and combatting climate change is an essential part of our work in government. Our priority is to build on this progress so that we can safeguard our environment for future generations.

“We recognise that to do this we need to get every community involved.”

In total 880 projects around the country will receive funding from the 2018 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. These projects are small scale local projects which will impact communities throughout Ireland.

“I would like to commend those applicants who were successful in receiving funding and to wish them every success in achieving their goals to improve the sustainability of their local environment.

“These projects showcase how small changes at a local level can make lasting improvements to the environment we all must share and protect” concluded Minister Ring.

The list of the 22 Mayo projects to receive funding are as follows:

 

Applicant

Project Description

Environment Award

Local Authority Award

Total Award

Friends of Mayo Dark Skies

Develop education programmes to reduce light pollution

€1,000

€1,000

€2,000

Leave no Trace Ireland

Engages school children with their local outdoor environment

€1,000

€1,000

€2,000

Ballina Rugby Football Club

Gather rainwater from clubhouse roof

€750.00

€750.00

€1,500

Moy Estuary Sea Trout Angling & Boat Club

Make visitors aware of protective measures of conservation

€250.00

€250.00

€500.00

Erris Beekeepers Association

Improve community awareness of benefits of bees

€500.00

€500.00

€1,000

Cong Village Tidy Towns

Introduce villages to the biodiversity of the village bees and bats and hold workshops for children

€750.00

€750.00

€1,500

Lecanvey Community Centre

Develop a sustainable seaside garden

€250.00

€250.00

€500.00

Swift Conservation Mayo

To raise awareness of the common Swift in Mayo

€1,000

€1,000

€2,000

Balla Tidy Towns

Community orchard & Biodiversity garden

€1,000

€1,000

€2,000

Binghamstown Village Enhancement Project

Develop a community garden

€1,000

€1,000

€2,000

Gortskehy National School

develop a sensory biodiversity garden

€400.00

€400.00

€800.00

Annette McNeilis

Music Themed workshops

€750.00

€750.00

€1,500

Ballyvarry Hurling Club

No to single use plastic bottles

€500.00

€500.00

€1,000

Rosbeg & Surronds Residents Association

Install a nesting box to complement existing work on Swift Conservation in Westport Town

€500.00

€500.00

€1,000

Eco Unesco

Climate Action Programme

€1,000

€1,000

€2,000

Bohola National School Parents Association

enhance school grounds by getting children to make sculptures and furniture from recycled materials

€400.00

€400.00

€800.00

Inver Enhancement Group

Inver Community Garden

€200.00

€200.00

€400.00

Ballintubber Community Council

Wild flower meadows to increase biodiversity

€500.00

€500.00

€1,000

Gavin Harte ESD training

Sustainable waste and resource management

€300.00

€300.00

€600.00

Belmullet Tidy Town

Plant native hedge

€250.00

€250.00

€500.00

Mulranny Tidy Town

Inset hotel, Wild Flower meadow and Orchard

€500.00

€500.00

€1,000

Irish Wheelchair Association

IWA Wild Flower Meadow

€1,000

€1,000

€2,000

Total:

€27,600

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