Calling all green fingers

    IF YOU have green fingers and live in our city and county then the time is ripe for you to shake, rattle and roll, in the garden.

    For GIY, an abbreviation for Get Ireland Growing, in partnership with Energia has a €75,000 pool of funding to enable food growing by community and voluntary organisations.

    Application period is until January 19. So the advice is to put the hoe and garden fork to one side for a few minutes and get cracking as there is a slice of the growing cake for Kilkenny City and County.

    A ‘Get Ireland Growing’ initiative has to date supported almost 500 community food growing projects, positively impacting over 120,000 people.

    Some €340,000 has been awarded to groups over the last five years.

    In 2018, the fund will be split across three categories ‘Sow’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Harvest’ with awards from €500 to €2,000.

    The funding pool is now open to community groups, school, NGO or Not for Profit, community garden or allotment group, GIY group, hospital, crèche, direct provision centre and men’s shed.

    The projects should have an element of outreach, promotion and inclusivity and should have some plan to encourage more people to grow their own,

    Applications can be made via