Ó Brolcháin welcomes funding for environmental projects in the city

Funding has been awarded to Galway youth groups, organic schemes, cycling groups, and educational projects involved in educating the community in enhancing and improving the environment.

A total of €8,708 was granted to environmental projects in Galway city by the Department of the Environment under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund.

Each sum that has been awarded to a project will be matched by the Galway City Council, serving to double the funding provided.

Community Creations Ltd, trading as SpunOut.ie, received €1,250 to develop a multi-media online resource, as part of the youth website www.spunout.ie SchoolBookExchange received €500 towards its website www.schoolbookexchange.ie, which allows people to exchange and reuse college and school books.

Galway Green Map was given €175 to help secure Galway’s membership of the international green map organisation and support the development of the map for another year. The Galway Cycling Campaign received €750 to develop the Cycling Route Map and Guide For Galway City.

Westside Community Organic Garden got €500 to develop and maintain the garden. The Ballybane/Mervue Community Development Project received €1,351 to develop the Ballybane Community Organic Garden.

Michele Castiaux received €305 to help carry out her environmental workshops in city schools. GrassRoots Education got €1,500 to present six school shows and workshops on climate change.

The Irish Peatland Conservation Council received €377 for a three-hour workshop to provide the public with the skills needed to recycle green waste and organic kitchen waste.

The Carra Mask Corrib Water Protection Group got €1,500 for its water quality workshops project while Scoil Bhride, Shantalla received €500 to develop and maintain the Westside Organic Garden.

Green Cllr Niall Ó Brolcháin has welcomed the funding. “I’m delighted that despite all the cutbacks this funding has been awarded,” he said. “While the sums are small, they will make a huge difference to the projects concerned.

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