Funding opportunity for Clare environmental projects

Funding opportunity for Clare environmental projects

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Community groups and environmental organisations across County Clare are being invited to submit applications for funding under the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund 2017.

Clare County Council, which administers the Fund in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, says the financial support scheme is aimed at community projects that help to increase local levels of environmental awareness and help communities become more sustainable.

“This Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level,” explained Karen Foley, Environmental Awareness Officer, Clare County Council.

She added, “Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions which complement national environmental policies such as those on waste, biodiversity, climate change, air, water and sustainable development.”

“A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years, including community gardens and allotments, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting, biodiversity projects, waste prevention and reduction initiatives, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Lists of previously funded projects can be viewed online at www. dccae.gov.ie,” stated Ms. Foley.

Applications must be made directly to Clare County Council Environment Section no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 23 June 2017 by completing the application form, available to download from www.dccae.gov.ie.

For more information on the Fund contact Cepta McDonagh, Environment, Physical Development Directorate, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tel: (065) 6846331 or Email: envawareness@clarecoco.ie.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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