Funding available for waste prevention projects

Funding available for waste prevention projects

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Clare County Council is inviting applications for grant aid for the provision for waste prevention projects in local communities.

The scheme, which operates under the Local Authority’s Greener Clare programme, aims to support communities to develop community led projects on waste prevention, re-use and repair activities, including workshops, in their local areas, and encourage partnership between local businesses, local schools, charities, community and voluntary groups.

Under the scheme, which forms part of the Waste Prevention Programme for the county, grants up to a maximum of €1,500 may be applied for. Amongst those that are invited to apply are community and voluntary groups, charities, schools and businesses.

Karen Foley, Environmental Awareness Officer, explained, “Waste prevention is a process of re-thinking how we do things in order not to create waste. It’s about redesigning the items we use – changing attitudes and changing behaviours’ about what we buy and what we throw away, but most of all, working together and thinking creatively to do something about it. Applicants are being set with a challenge to come with creative ideas around preventing waste and keeping items in use longer.”

Ms. Foley continued, “Examples of successful locally led community initiatives that were supported by this grant scheme in 2018 include Make Kilkee Plastic Free, The Burren Cup – Love Your Cup campaign, Clare Youth Action marine plastic awareness video, Clarecastle Going Green 2018, Greening of Clare Garden Festival and Ennis Tidy Town Prevention and Recycling bin stickers”.

“For this year’s waste prevention grant, applications for funding for locally led Plastic Free Initiatives, Zero Waste initiatives, Greening of Festivals and Community Composting initiatives are particularly welcome. I would urge people to get in touch if they have a seed of an idea and would like discuss a possible application,” she said.

Applications must be made to Clare County Council, Environment Section, no later than 4.00pm on 28 February 2019.

Application forms are available by contacting the Environment Section, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tel: 065-6846331 or by emailinggreenerclare@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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