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Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan allocates €337,000 to the Environment Partnership Fund 2012

Minister for the Environment, Mr. Phil Hogan announces funding of €337,000 for local environmental initiatives by communities, individuals and not-for-profit groups and organisations.

The Minister has allocated funding of €337,000 to local authorities to fund projects under the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund 2012.

Matching funding by local authorities will bring shared potential partnership funding to €674,000.

The Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.

Eligible projects are those that will support and complement, at a local level, national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Air, Water and Sustainable Development.

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.”

Application forms which must be completed by July 11th, can be obtained from the Department’s website: www.environ.ie

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