Waterford Women’s Centre among the winners at the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund

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Pictured are Waterford Women's Centre with Francesca Jordan, Kate Crotty and Miriam Holt at the presentation of the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund’ celebration, also pictured are on left Amy O’Shaughnessy, Marketing Acquisition and Sponsorship Manager from Energia with on left is GIY’s Head of Community Development and Campaign Ambassador Karen O’Donohoe. Picture: Patrick Browne

The winners have been announced in the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’ community growing fund created by GIY (Grow It Yourself) in partnership with Energia.

A fund of €75,000 has today been awarded to 86 community food growing projects across the island of Ireland. The teams behind 86 community projects will each receive funds in order to develop their unique projects and ideas further for the benefit of their local community.

The recipients include community groups, schools, NGOs and Not for Profits, community gardens and allotment groups, GIY groups, hospitals, crèches, direct provision centres and men’s sheds all across the country. Each group will be awarded funding ranging from €500 to €2,000 with one group receiving €5,000.

Two local projects were awarded support funds this year  –

  • Waterford Women’s Centre which supports women who experience social, cultural, educational and economic disadvantage through the delivery of community education programmes;
  • Kilmacow Montessori School who educate pre-school children on the importance of growing and looking after your own crops and taking great pleasure in presenting the foods that are hand grown from an organic garden in school.

The project announced as the overall winner and awarded the top prize of €5,000 is The Zero Waste Community Garden in Kildare which is dedicated to growing fruit and vegetables in a sustainable and organic way for gardeners and community residents.

Pictured are Solas Cancer Support Centre, Jim Power, Liam Dowdall and Tom Mullane at the presentation of the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund’ celebration, also pictured are on left Amy O’Shaughnessy, Marketing Acquisition and Sponsorship Manager from Energia with on left is GIY’s Head of Community Development and Campaign Ambassador Karen O’Donohoe. Picture: Patrick Browne

We’re thrilled that this year a project in each of the 32 counties has been selected for funding.

Commenting at the awards ceremony, GIY’s Head of Community Development and Campaign Ambassador Karen O’Donohoe said, “We are delighted to help each of these community groups to develop their projects and their ideas through Energia Get Ireland Growing. Reading through each of the applications was so heartening, first of all, there were so many of merit and in addition, every single one of these projects has an inclusive approach at its core and they are all committed to encouraging more people to grow their own food within their community for a wide range of social and environment benefits. We’re thrilled that this year a project in each of the 32 counties has been selected for funding.”

Amy O’Shaughnessy, Marketing Acquisition and Sponsorship Manager from Energia, “We had a phenomenal response to the campaign this year with entries from every county in Ireland. The passion and dedication of people across the country who are powering positive change in their communities is inspiring. At Energia we are committed to promoting sustainable living and helping families and communities to reduce their carbon footprint, so we’re delighted to support this initiative with GIY.”

Pictured are Waterford Educate together, grow together with Trish Hearne, Alice Denwood and Sharon Stephenson at the presentation of the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund’ celebration, also pictured are on left Amy O’Shaughnessy, Marketing Acquisition and Sponsorship Manager from Energia with on left is GIY’s Head of Community Development and Campaign Ambassador Karen O’Donohoe.

In addition to the funding provided, GIY will also provide additional 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.

This is the seventh year of the fund, which has already supported over 580 community food growing projects to date, positively impacting over 165,000 people. €485,000 has been awarded over the last seven years and this was distributed to projects all across the country.

For further details on the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’ 2019 see GIY.ie

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