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Funding and Transition

Here is an idea for all emergingLA21.jpg Transition initiatives in Ireland. You can apply for funding in the region of €1,500 from the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2008 which is administered by your local environmental awareness officer.

In a brief discussion with Pat Fleming from Clonmel we came up with this idea. If you act quickly enough this could be a runner.  A number of us apply to our own county councils with the same application for a Local Food Directory with a focus on reducing food miles and waste.

This could include an area of say 30 miles around your Transition Initiative and list farmers markets, farm shops, community gardens, food co-ops, slow food groups, artisan food producers, gourmet food shops, whole food shops,food education, veg restaurants etc etc.  Further capital could be raised by putting in a few ads from local food companies.  We could share design costs and keep it in house with Future Proof Kilkenny or Sustain West Cork being employed to lay out a template....

There is not much time but the application is quite simple. Don't ask for too much and stress that this is a Transition Initiative that is being rolled out in other areas. Also stress you are a local group working in partnership with other community initiatives in your area.

Good luck,Davie

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Could you raise awareness of the environment in your local community?

If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2008.  The Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.

Projects should focus on environmental awareness and action which, complement national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity and Climate Change.

A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years ranging from community gardens, allotments and compost schemes to websites promoting more sustainable lifestyles, educational initiatives and environmental workshops.

A list of previous winning projects can be viewed online at www.environ.ie .

How To Apply

Further information and an application form can be obtained from your local council environmental awareness officer.

Applications must be made to your local Council by Friday 11th July, 2008.