Maura Derrane RTE, Karen O'Donohoe GIY, Michael Kelly GIY and Nuala Carey RTE at the presentation of the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund’ celebration
Two projects in Kildare have been awarded funding as part of the community food growing fund ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’ created by GIY -Grow It Yourself.
The funding has been awarded to the Athy Kare Group and the Thursday Morning Gardening Club in the Curragh Camp.
The Athy project will give service users at Athy Kare Group an insight into how food from a seed or plant can arrive at the kitchen table for lunch. They say that this would be a huge learning experience for all the group and would be a fabulous outdoor project for all in Athy local service.
While the Thursday Morning Gardening Club Curragh Camp offers the whole community access to their centre. Those who can get involved are work children all the way to older people in the local community. The group aims to buy seeds, plant and trees to grow in the raised beds and garden. And further develop the garden to become a space where fruits and vegetables can be produced by the local community.
In addition to the funding provided, GIY will also provide additional supports and opportunities for knowledge exchange between the projects, helping the best ideas to be shared through ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’. All of the projects remain part of the GIY network in the long term, giving them access to other GIY resources and additional groups and projects within the network, creating a long-term legacy.
This is the sixth year of the fund, which has already supported over 500-community food growing projects to date, positively impacting over 140,000 people. €410,000 has been awarded over the last six years and this was distributed to projects all across the country.