€200,000 awarded to organisations building sustainable communities

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

An organisation working to end the use of single-use plastic water bottles, a citizen science project empowering people around the country to monitor their local waterways and a conservation charity preserving Ireland’s biodiversity are examples of projects that will receive funding as part of the Glas Communities Fund.

The €200,000 fund was created by Rethink Ireland, in partnership with Ornua Co-operative Limited and the Department of Rural and Community Development, with the objective of backing innovative solutions that are working to build green sustainable communities in Ireland.

Five projects will receive a cash grant and a place on a comprehensive six-month accelerator programme in the interest of strengthening their impact in their communities. 

Among the five projects are the Community Hydration Hub Network Expansion, which creates a cleaner environment in communities by providing complimentary plastic-free drinking water, CENTENNIAL, a DCU Water Institute project and Cyclist.ie, which aims to make all rural areas bicycle friendly.

The final two are a Burrenbeo Trust initiative supporting ‘place-based’ learning and the Green Sod Ireland Environmental Education Project that provides educational workshops for local businesses about the importance of protecting our biodiversity.

Pádraic Vallely, Senior Philanthropy & Development Manager at Rethink Ireland, said: “These organisations are using innovative solutions to promote environmental sustainability in their communities and beyond.

“Sustainability is integral to the future of Ireland’s growth, and we are calling on like-minded organisations to get in touch and support green transition funding via Rethink Ireland. We look forward to seeing the positive impact the Glas Communities Fund will make in supporting the awardees to strengthen their impact.”

PHOTO – Gerard McCarthy Photography

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