Cllr. Bobby O’Connell passed on the following information which may well be of interest to groups involved in the betterment and welfare of the locality.
It’s from an organisation known as the Community Foundation for Ireland and it has established a fund of €200,000 and has invited community groups to apply for grant funding to engage an ecologist and develop a Community Biodiversity Plan (CBP) for their local area.
The closing date for applications is June 28th.
Three Levels of Funding
Within the scheme, three levels of grant funding will be offered under the following guidlines:
Grants of up to €5,000 for community groups to work with an ecologist to classify their local habitats, assess their condition and extent, map them, and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity.
Grants of up to €7,500 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with one or two land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their condition and extent, map them and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity
Grants of up to €10,000 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with three to five land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their condition and extent, map them and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity
About The Community Foundation for Ireland
In an ‘About Us’ page on its website the organisation provides an explanation of its origins and existence thus:
The Irish are a giving people. We respond generously. An emergency at the other end of the earth or a tragedy or bereavement in our own community is a summons to gather around.
We have deep instincts of responsibility for those in need.
Wealth is New in Ireland
However our culture of giving strategically is very underdeveloped. Wealth, even modest wealth is a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland. We lack a culture and a developed platform to allow people to give back in ways that are meaningful, impactful and long term.
That is why The Community Foundation for Ireland is uniquely placed to help.
Track Record of Delivery
We are such a platform. We have a track record of delivering impact and demonstrating staying power.
We offer a way, the means and assurance of the highest levels of governance.
Philanthropy translates giving in the moment to giving that is strategic and long-term. Strategic giving tackles causes that are complex and leaves results that are lasting.
Building Deep Relationship
We respond to Ireland’s complex needs by building deep relationships with non-profit organisations working at the coal face.
We build platforms with local communities and collaborate with the public sector. We use our knowledge to help donors translate their aspirations of giving back into effective investments of their experience and resources.
And, you’ll find out much more with a click on the link here: www.communityfoundation.ie/about-us
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