Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has said that €45,500 has been allocated to clean up Fingal as part of funding allocations being made through two environmental grant schemes, namely the 2015 Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund and the 2015 Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme (ALAGS).
“A total of €45,500 has been allocated to Fingal County Council to clean up the Fingal and make it a better place to live.
“€28,000 is being allocated to Fingal County Council under the 2015 Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme which allows them to support public education and awareness initiatives in relation to both litter and graffiti. There is a particular focus on voluntary initiatives involving schools, young people and community groups.
“It is vital that we support the many committed voluntary groups that do such great work in keeping our towns, villages and countryside clean. We all should have the right to live in a clean well maintained environment. In addition to this, it is important to ensure that Fingal is looking its best during peak tourist season in order to increase the chances of visitors making return visits or recommending Ireland as a destination to others.
“A further €17,500 is being allocated to Fingal County Council under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. This fund supports small scale non-profit local environmental initiatives by communities, individuals and not-for-profit groups. As part of the arrangement for this fund, Fingal County Council will provide matching funding for successful projects which, in previous years, have included community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions.
“Any groups seeking funding under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund should send an application form to Fingal County Council by 5pm on Friday 28th August 2015. Application forms, local authority contacts, and further information on the LA21 Environmental Partnership Fund can be obtained from the Department’s website: http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/LocalAgenda21/, and will also be available from the Council itself.”