The Fund, which is administered by Clare County Council in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, will benefit 28 local projects and schemes that are seeking to increase local levels of environmental awareness and help communities become more sustainable.
The Clare projects in receipt of funding include:
€1,250.00 – Lorraine Power (Implementing Best Practice Environmental Projects For Tidy Towns)
€1,000.00 – Mountshannon Community Council / Bernard Carey (Estimating The Eco Systems Services Provided By Trees Of Mountshannon Village)
€800.00 – Sustainable Ireland Co-Op .T/A Cultivate Living And Learning An Eco Learning Journey (Building Capacity Of Local Community Leaders)
€500.00 – Doolin Tidy Towns (Eradication Of Japanese Knotweed) and Eko Tree (Killaloe Wildflower Biodiversity Project).
€487.50 – Bunratty Local Development Association (Enhancing The River Bank With Family Trees) and Corofin Local Development Association (Wildlife Ambassadors Education Initiative & Interpretive Wildlife Heritage)
€450.00 – Mike Holden (Workshops To Promote Recruitment And Volounteering For Tidy Towns And Community Groups)
€375.00 – Robin Barry (LIVING SCIENCE)
€350.00 – Scariff Community Council (Outdoor Flora Fauna Signage Display Panels)
€300.00 – An Taisce Environmental Education Unit (Coastcare Kids)
€250.00 – Grassroots Education (An Exploration Of Waste Energy And Climate Change), Irish Peatland Conservation (Developing Local Environmental Education Initiatives), The Irish Seed Savers Association (Creating Biodiversity Awareness In Primary Schools), Ennistymon Tidy Towns (sustainable growing long term planning for permaculture perennial landscaping), Connolly Tidy Village (Heritage Bog Walk), Newmarket On Fergus Tidy Towns (Community Polytunnel And Rainwater Harvesting) Burren Beo Trust (Burren Wild Child For All), Cooraclare Development Association (Community Fruit Garden), Clarecastle Community Development (Ballybeg Woods Trail And Ballybeg Woods Biodiversity Blitz), North West Clare Family Resource Centre (Community Garden), Kilkishen Tidy Towns (Promotion Of Castle Bog Walk), Shannon Tidy Towns (Rainwater Harvesting), An Sean Dun Residents Association (Green Wall Project), Kando Arts (Recycle Magic), Cloth Nappy Library Ireland (Development Of Cloth Nappy Library), Obair Newmarket On Fergus Ltd (Reintroduction Of Movement Into The Finn Millrace Stream Newmarket On Fergus By Using Alternative Deflectors – Phase 2), and Clare Youth Service (Window Baskets In St.John Paul Estate)
Clare Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy explained: “This Fund has supported a wide variety of local projects and schemes down through the years, including community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting systems, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Each of these projects has helped to further improve the sustainability and physical appearance of the respective communities.”
“All projects being allocated funding this year focus on environmental awareness and action, which complement national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity Change and Sustainable Development. Many of the projects also have direct and indirect positive consequences for tourism,” added Senator Mulcahy.