Circular Economy Gets Boost

Holding sign posts to the Circular Economy, Denise from Community Foundation Ireland, Minister Ossian Smyth TD and Tad of VOICE
Holding sign posts to the Circular Economy, Denise from Community Foundation Ireland, Minister Ossian Smyth TD and Tad of VOICE

New Grants Announced

Communities across the country are getting support to formulate plans to move towards zero waste with grant support from Community Foundation Ireland.

The Foundation is supporting 26 community groups in 15 counties to work with experts to identify measures which can locally promote the re-use of goods by developing Local Circular Economy Plans.

Each will be supported by the environmental group VOICE which has recognised expertise on waste and the circular economy, or similar experts.

It is intended that each project will develop its plan over the next 12-months and will also be supported to take the first steps towards implementing the actions identified.

As a philanthropic hub, the Community Foundation, has been a leader in supporting and promoting the Circular Economy and other measures which see materials given new life through re-cycling and re-use rather than going to landfill.

Investments have included supporting students to end fast-fashion, recycling of materials from old mattresses, medical inhalers, clothing and lots more.

Under this current grant round each of the successful groups will receive a grant of €2,500.

Announcing the successful applicants, Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of Community Foundation Ireland said:

Ending waste is one of the biggest challenges we face if we are to ensure sustainable futures for our communities, country and planet. As a leader in this area, the Foundation and its donors are keenly aware that many people are willing to take action, but struggle in getting the right information to take the first steps. Now we are addressing that gap for a further 26 communities.


Note to Editors

About Community Foundation Ireland

Community Foundation Ireland and its donors are on a shared mission of equality for all in thriving communities. Together with 5,000 voluntary, community and charitable partners we are a philanthropic hub for Ireland which is a source of knowledge, expertise and information to ensure effective and strategic giving. Since its establishment with Government seed funding of €1M in the year 2000, the Foundation has provided more than €120 Million in grant-making.


List of Grantees

 Organisations being awarded are –

Organisation County
Clashmore and Kinsalebeg Community Council Waterford
Youghal Blue and Green Community Network c/o Cumann Na Daoine Cork
Suircan Environmental Tipperary
Ballyhaunis Tidy Towns Club Mayo
Enniskerry Tidy Towns Wicklow
Trim Tidy Towns Meath
Sneem Development Co-operative Ltd./Sneem TidyTowns Kerry
Monaghan Tidy Towns Monaghan
Balbriggan Tidy Towns Dublin
Climate Club, Phibsboro VIllage Tidy Towns Dublin
Sustainable Enniscorthy Wexford
EDI Centre t/a REVAMP Longford Longford
Culdaff Development Association Donegal
Terenure Community Support & Integration Dublin
Comhairle Ceantar na nOileán CTR Galway
Killeshandra Tidy Towns Cavan
Crumlin Community Cleanup Dublin
Kilsheelan Tidy Towns Tipperary
Courtown Community Council Wexford
Lusk Community Council CLG Dublin
Robert Emmet CDP Dublin
Ballyvaughan Community Development Group Clare
Raheny Tidy Village Group. Raheny Dublin
Connecting Cabra Dublin
Letterkenny Community Garden Donegal
Dublin 15 Gardening Group t/a Blanchardstown Gardening Group Dublin