Growing grant for Battery Heights

Residents of Battery Heights will be embracing the great outdoors and planting a community garden thanks to the help of a Grow It Yourself (GIY ) initiative.

Following a four-month application and evaluation process GIY has announced the winning 110 community food-growing projects which include Battery Heights residents association.

The group will receive a grant of between €500 and €2,500 from the Get Ireland Growing Fund in association with AIB, and they are already making great strides in their transformation of a strip of waste land into a community garden.

This year’s grants will support a diverse range of community food-growing projects including 46 school gardens and 20 community gardens.

GIY founder Michael Kelly said: “In total GIY received over 350 applications from projects around Ireland, seeking funding of almost €1m. The level of applications shows the huge appetite that exists for food growing at a local level in Ireland. We know from working with last year’s projects that they struggle to find funding elsewhere and that even a small grant can act as the catalyst to get a transformative community food project started. We’re very grateful to AIB for making this funding available.”

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