Applications for a €75,000 initiative to get people and organisations to grow their own food is currently available until January 19, 2018.
The ‘Get Ireland Growing' initiative has to date supported almost 500 community food growing projects, positively impacting over 120,000 people. Last year two Kidlare groups were awarded €500 each - GIY Narraghmore and St Joseph's School Garden in Kilcock.
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In 2018, the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund will be split across three categories ‘Sow', ‘Grow' and ‘Harvest' with awards ranging from €500 to €2,000. The big news this year is that one very special group will receive a massive €5,000 grant for their project. Together GIY and Energia will support at least 85 community food growing groups in 2018.
The funding pool is now 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.
The deadline for applications is the 19January and applications can be made online via GIY.ie.