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GIY Get Ireland Growing Fund in partnership with AIB, 2015 Closing this friday!!!
This seems like an interesting Project for Men’s Sheds throughout the Country to get involved with. I am sure there are lots of green fingered Shedders out there!
Developed by GIY in partnership with AIB, to encourage food growing projects community groups, schools and not-for-profit initiatives seeking financial assistance to develop their food growing project. Over 100 community food growing projects were funded with grants of between €500 and €2,500 in 2014.
The GIY Get Ireland Growing fund is open to community groups, schools, Allotments with Communal space, Community gardens and not-for-profits looking to develop or enhance an existing community food-growing initiative. Schools can apply for training services or equipment that will allow students to grow their own fruit or vegetables.
Criteria The Get Ireland Growing Fund is aimed at supporting community food growing initiatives from the following organisation types:
1) Community and voluntary groups 2) NGOs and not-for-profits 3) Community gardens and allotment projects 4) Schools
The Get Ireland Growing Fund is aimed at promoting food growing in the community. The projects should have a significant promotional and community outreach element (that is, encouraging more people to grow their own food). The projects should be new or a significant enhancement of an existing project (i.e. funding will not be provided to retrospectively fund work already carried out). We are particularly interested in projects that will use community food growing to:
• Improves the quality of life for participants • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development • Stimulates Social Interaction • Encourages Self-Reliance • Beautifies Neighborhoods • Produces Nutritious Food • Reduces Family Food Budgets • Conserves Resources • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education • Preserves Green Space • Creates income opportunities and economic development • Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections
The organisation received over 800 applications for this year’s grant round, and will support projects in 26 counties.
A diverse range of community and voluntary groups applied for funding for community food initiatives – from hospitals to resident’s associations, Men’s sheds to women’s groups, and from schools to active retirement groups.
Winning projects for 2014 include:
An edible quayside garden in New Ross
A food growing initiave in a young persons probation centre in Cork
A peat free growing project at Bog of Allen
A new crisp brand called SPUDS promoting chemical free potato growing
A healing herb garden in Mount Congreve
Food gardens at Focus Ireland and Galway Simon
The potential for food growing to create opportunities for recreation, therapy and education is recognized by grant awards to a number of health and wellbeing organisations including the National Rehabilitation Centre.