Towns and villages in Westmeath are set to benefit from €46K in Government funding to mark the 60th anniversary of Tidy Towns.
The funding was announced last week by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.
This scheme will allow each local committee to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000 to support the work they do.
Local FIne Gael councillor, Tom Farrell has welcomed the announcement: “I am delighted to see even more funding going to towns and villages here in Westmeath,” Cllr Farrell commented. “I have no doubt that the money will be a huge boost to our local communities and will be put to great use.
“This funding is an acknowledgment from our Government of the amazing work that has been done by Tidy Town’s organisations up and down the county for the last 60 years. These organisations have played in integral role in our local communities for decades now.
“The Tidy Towns competition inspires a huge amount of voluntary effort in towns and villages across the country. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who give up their free time to make our communities better places to live.
“Being a volunteer with TidyTowns allows individuals to practice their passion for the good of their community. Whether that passion concerns the built environment, landscaping, sustainable living, local wildlife or organising a litter collection, there is a place for it in TidyTowns. This funding for 34 TidyTowns organisations in Westmeath will not just celebrate the last 60 years, but also help us look towards the future.”