Fine Gael Senator for Dublin, Michael D'Arcy, has today (Thursday, September 5th 2013) welcomed the launch by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD, of the 2013 Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund. This fund, which has operated since 1997, supports local environmental initiatives by communities, individuals and not-for-profit groups.
“I want to commend Minister Hogan in particular for the additional allocation of €400,000 this year, which is an increase on the €337,000 allocation for 2012. Minister Hogan has demonstrated his commitment to ensuring that local governments play their part in promoting and facilitating sustainable environmental development across the country. Funding provided by the Department is being matched by local authorities."
Qualification for funding
In order to be considered for funding, projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions which complement national environmental policies such as those on waste, biodiversity, water conservation and climate change. A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years, including community gardens and allotments, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting, biodiversity projects, waste reduction initiatives, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions.
Please click here to view a countrywide series of projects which received funding during 2012.
Contacts and deadline
Groups seeking funding for eligible projects are invited to make an application to their local authority (application forms are available from the local authorities). Completed application forms should be returned to the relevant local authority by 5pm September 30th 2013.
For general information on the fund contact:
Environment Awareness Section
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Newtown Road, Wexford
Tel: +353 (0)53 911 7321