€15,270 allocated for sustainable development projects in Carlow – DEERING.

21st October, 2014

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has today welcomed the announcement by Government that €15,270 will be allocated to Carlow from the 2014 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund.

“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 the communities of Carlow.

“The projects are being co-funded by the Department of the Environment and by local authorities. In Carlow €15,270 is being provided for 15 projects. Nationally, €1.4 million in total has been allocated under this year’s scheme to 697 projects throughout the country.

“In Carlow some of the projects which have received grants under the scheme include Ballinabranna National School, Clonegal Tidy Village Association, Borris Vocational School, Mountaineering Ireland, Woodglade Residents Association, Blackstairs Farming for Conservation group. .

“This scheme is an important contributor to local small scale environmental projects as the funding allocated will assist the good work that is underway in communities right across the county. 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.”