GIY and Energia Announce ‘Get Ireland Growing’ €70,000 Fund

GIY, in partnership with Energia, have today announced ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’ a €70,000 pool of funding available to community and voluntary organisations. This fund allows these organisations from today until January 20th 2017 to apply for grants, which will enable them to start or further develop a community food-growing project in their area.

The Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund will be split across three categories, ‘Sow’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Harvest’ with awards ranging from €500 to €2,000. Together GIY and Energia will support at least 85 community food growing groups from all across the country.

Launching the initiative today, the founder of GIY Michael Kelly said, “Energia Get Ireland Growing’ rewards and celebrates the community champions who are putting food back at the heart of their communities. “These types of projects usually struggle to find funding and supports and we are delighted to partner with Energia on this shared vision to back incredible food growing initiatives with the 2017 fund,” he said.

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Energia’s emphasis on sustainability makes it the perfect partner for this intiative, as highlighted by Geoff Codd, Head of Marketing for Energia, who said “we’re delighted to support smart and sustainable living through Energia Get Ireland Growing. Growing your own fruit and veg and living healthily and sustainably are clearly clever choices.”

In addition to the funding provided, GIY also provides support 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.

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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 that grows their own food, or wants to grow food and wants to promote growing food. The deadline for applications is the end of January 2017 and applications can be made online via www.giyinternational.org.

Over the last four years GIY’s ‘Get Ireland Growing’ initiative has received €270,00 in funding, distributed to projects all across the country. 
Some of these flagship projects include, a food growing initiave in a young persons probation centre in Cork; the installation of food gardens at Focus Ireland and Galway Simon, an edible quayside project in Co Wexford and a vegetable garden for asylum seekers in Clonakilty, Co Cork, to name but a few.

For more information on Energia Get Ireland Growing click here.

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