Irish government and local authorities give EUR560,000 for environmental projects

The Irish government is donating €280,000 to a successful scheme to encourage people to identify and pursue more environmentally sustainable behaviour, with local authorities topping up the fund so that it totals €560,000.

The fund was launched in 1997. This year, the scheme will continue along the same lines as in 2001, when projects were required to support the Department of the Environment’s awareness campaign, The Environment: It’s Easy to Make a Difference.

“This fund is intended to promote sustainable development by assisting environmental awareness projects at a local level, which involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and NGOs or local community groups,” said Dan Wallace, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government.

“The ongoing success of the Fund bears testament to the great things that can be accomplished by the type of partnership approach contained in the scheme,” said Wallace.

Advertisements providing further details of the fund and the closing date for applications will be published in the national and local newspapers shortly.

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