22 October 2014

Fitzgerald welcomes €35,000 allocated for local sustainable development projects

Local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice & Equality, has today welcomed the announcement by Government that €35,000 will be allocated to local projects from the 2014 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund.

She said: “The 2014 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at a local level. These projects are essential for promoting sustainable development at local level and they are being driven by local communities.

“The projects are being co-funded by the Department of the Environment and by local authorities. In South Dublin, funding is being provided for 51 projects. Nationally, €1.4 million in total has been allocated under this year’s scheme to 697 projects throughout the country.  

“In our area, some of the projects which have received grants under the scheme include Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Liffey Valley Park Alliance, Newcastle Retired Active Mens S, Balgaddy Community Garden, Palmerstown Community Council, Lindisfarne Gardening Group, Divine Mercy SNS Balgaddy, Liffey Sound and Esker Educate Together.

 “This scheme is an important contributor to local small scale environmental projects as the funding allocated will assist the good work that is already underway in our communities.  I expect these grants will help communities to make a real difference to their environment locally.

“Projects are selected for funding by local authorities, following an open call for applications.  Funding goes to a wide range of local initiatives; including awareness and education projects, community gardens, waste reduction projects and biodiversity projects.

“Looking after our environment is essential to building a strong and sustainable economy. This Government is committed to creating jobs across the country and to ensuring that everyone feels the benefit of the economic recovery, but we want to make a lasting change and sustainable development is a key aspect of this.”