North Cork Independent Councillor John Paul O’ Shea this week called on community and voluntary groups within Cork County to apply for funding through the 2017 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund scheme.
Independent TD & Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Mr. Denis Naughten announced the Fund was open for applications this week with an increased budget for 2017 of €460,000.
Cllr. O’ Shea said “The scheme is designed to help increase local levels of environmental awareness or to help local communities become more sustainable. A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years including, community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions”.
Eligible projects are those that will support and complement, at a local level, national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Air, Water and Sustainable Development. The Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.
Funding provided by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government is matched by Cork County Council.
Cllr. O’ Shea said “This fund shows how local initiatives can make a real difference in our communities, and showcases how small changes can make lasting improvements in our environment″.
Cork County Council will award funding to those projects which best meet the strict qualifying criteria. Completed applications to be returned to John O’ Regan, Cork County Council, Environment Department, Inniscarra, County Cork. Tel: 021 4532758, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org before 5.00pm on the 23rd June 2017.