Roscommon County Council is set to receive €23,500 in grants towards Environmental initiatives following an announcement by the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly today.
The majority of the sum, €15,000, will come from the Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme (ALAGS). This scheme provides funding to local authorities to conduct public awareness and education initiatives at a local level in respect of both litter and graffiti. Each local authority is responsible for selecting suitable anti-litter awareness projects for funding and deciding on the grant allocations in their area. Projects/activities should seek to promote greater public awareness and education in relation to litter and graffiti.
The remainder of the money will come from the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund (LA21). The fund helps to promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects at local level. These projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups including community groups, schools and environmental NGOs.
Speaking at the announcement the Minister said “These two grant schemes, LA21 and the Anti-litter Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme, are targeted at providing funding for local projects to help improve their own immediate environments and make our communities more sustainable and environmentally responsible. I am delighted to allocate this funding which will help realise the potential that local groups have in protecting and improving our natural and built environments, which gives pride throughout the communities of Ireland, particularly in this, the centenary year of the Rising.”
Further details will be announced by Roscommon County Council in due course.