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.