GIY and Energia are offering people across the country the opportunity to apply for funding to grow their own food in 2018. In total, €75,000 is available from the ‘Get Ireland Growing' funding pool.
Grants from the fund will be split across three categories: ‘Sow', ‘Grow' and ‘Harvest'; with awards ranging from €500 to €5,000.
Head of community development at GIY, Karen O’Donohoe, said that the Get Ireland Growing initiative has to date supported almost 500 community food-growing projects, positively impacting over 120,000 people. “We are delighted to say that, so far, €340,000 has been awarded to groups over the past five years, and this was distributed to projects right across the country. There are just a few weeks left to apply for 2018 funding, so we are urging all groups and organisations to get their applications into us.”
The funding pool is open to any community group, school, NGO or not for profit, community garden or allotment group, GIY group, hospital, crèche, direct provision centre, men's shed or any group. The projects should all have an element of outreach, promotion and inclusivity and should have some plan to encourage more people to grow their own food.
GIY also provides supports and opportunities for knowledge exchange between the projects, helping the best ideas to be shared. All the projects remain part of the GIY network in the long term, giving them access to other GIY resources and additional groups and projects, creating a long-term legacy, according to the organisers.
GIY and Energia say they will support at least 85 community food growing groups in 2018 and enable food growing by community and voluntary organisations all across Ireland including Northern Ireland.
The deadline for applications is January 19, 2018, and applications can be made online.