Apply now for the GIY Get Ireland Growing fund

The GIY Get Ireland Growing fund is open to community groups, schools, allotments with communal space, community gardens, and not-for-profits looking to develop or enhance an existing community food-growing initiative. Schools can apply for training services or equipment that will allow students to grow their own fruit or vegetables.

How to apply

The 2014 round of grants is now open. To apply for a grant, please fill in the Get Ireland Growing application form. Please take the time to read through all of the questions and answer them fully. If you have any questions on the application process, email Mícheál at [email protected]

Projects funded in 2013

The organisation received over 320 applications for this year’s grant round, and will support projects in 23 counties.

A diverse range of community and voluntary groups applied for funding for community food initiatives - from hospitals to residents associations, men’s sheds to women’s groups, and from schools to active retirement groups.

Winning projects for 2013 include:

• An intercultural community garden project in Ballyhaunis where locals from all over the world come together to grow and experience different tastes

• A community garden in Southill in Limerick which will bridge the generation gap and foster community spirit

• A garden in Wicklow that will provide growing space for the residents of over 100 households that have no gardens

• An allotment project supporting inclusion of people with disability in Pearse College Dublin;

• And in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary two schools coming together to develop an interdenominational school garden project

The potential for food growing to create opportunities for recreation, therapy, and education is recognized by grant awards to a number of health and wellbeing organisations including the National Rehabilitation Centre, the Irish Wheelchair Association, COPE Galway, Errigal Truagh Special Needs and Midleton Hospital.

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