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The fund aims to offer funding for small-scale sustainable development projects at a local level which support and complement national environmental policies, such as climate change, water, air, waste, biodiversity and sustainable development.

Match funding by local authorities is set to bring the shared potential partnership funding to €674,000.

Minister Hogan said: “I am delighted to announce the Local Agenda 21 Partnership Fund for 2012. This €337,000 Fund provides valuable assistance to local groups. It supports, at the grass roots level, efforts to improve the environment, to make our communities more sustainable and to increase general awareness of environmental issues. Local authorities provide additional funding to the local groups as well as essential support.

“The projects also attract funding from businesses and other organisations. All of this helps to facilitate a partnership approach within local communities.”

The deadline for completed application forms is July 11. More information can be found here.

Carys Matthews

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