The deadline has been extended for applications to the €75,000 funding pool under the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund. Groups and organisations now have until January 25 to apply for grants, which will enable them to start or further develop a community food-growing project in their area.
Grants from the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund will be split across three categories ‘Sow', ‘Grow' and ‘Harvest' with awards ranging from €500 to €2,000, plus one very special group will receive a generous €5,000 grant for its project. The fund will support at least 86 community food growing groups from across the island of Ireland.
This is the sixth year of the fund, with €410,000 awarded to date, which has already supported over 500 community food-growing projects. The funding pool is open to any community group, school, NGO or nonprofit, community garden or allotment group, GIY group, hospital, crèche, direct provision centre, men’s shed, any group who grow their own food, want to grow their own food and want to promote growing food. Applications can be made online via www.giy.ie
In addition to the funding provided, GIY also provides supports and opportunities for knowledge exchange between the projects, helping the best ideas to be shared through ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’ creating a long-term legacy across Irish communities.
The successful applicants will be celebrated at a gala event, which will be held at the home of GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford, in March 2019.