Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund Launched in Association with GIY Ireland

DIY Ireland are delighted to announce the return of theirshowcase community campaign in partnership with the brilliant, enlightened kindred spirits at Energia, Ireland’s greenest energy company. Energia Get Ireland Growing will support food growing in community groups across the island of Ireland with a fund of €70,000! The fund will be split across three categories – SowGrow and Harvest with awards ranging from €500 to €2,000. Together GIY and Energia will award the grants to at least 85 community food growing groups up and down the country. We are so looking forward boosting community food growing in such a meaningful way.
Community food growing is at the very heart of GIY. Over the years GIY Groups have been established in libraries, halls, schools and gardens in urban and rural communities. All over Ireland, the UK and the world, people gather to share their knowledge, offer practical advice and moral support. Groups are comprised of everyone, from those with loads of ‘hoe how’ to people who don’t know their hoe from their elbow and everyone in between! GIY and other groups made huge changes in community spaces. The have have created school gardens and community allotments, transformed derelict spaces, brought life and colour to juvenile and rehabilitation centres and provided a dignified outlet for people in direct provision centres. It may seem simple but people coming together over a packet of seeds and a mug of tea can make a huge difference. The world can be put to rights whilst digging over a vegetable patch.
To do great community work requires resources. Mugs of tea can only fuel so much. Clearing space for an inner-city community garden, putting a polytunnel on a school roof, turning a roundabout in to an edible garden or creating a pond at an allotment depends on funding. As resourceful as community groups are, nothing beats a cheque in the door. And a cheque that comes with the message “you can do this, we support you” is ten times better.
That’s where Energia comes in. One of the top renewable energy companies in Ireland, committed to developing renewable and sustainable energy sources in Ireland. What also drew us to Energia as a partner, is their deep commitment to their employees’ health and wellbeing. A little like companion planting, pair up the GIY community of 150,000 clever, resourceful people with Energia, Ireland’s greenest energy provider, and you get perfect synergy. 
To receive support for your community food growing campaign simply register your details here.

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