42 towns and villages in Co. Kildare are set to benefit from €76,000 in Government funding to mark 60th anniversary of TidyTowns, according to Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon. The funding was announced this week by the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD.
This scheme will allow each local committee to apply for a grant of between €1000 and €4000 to support the work they do.
Deputy Martin Heydon said: “I am delighted to see additional funding being allocated to towns and villages here in Kildare and around the Country. Tidy Towns committees and their network of volunteers carry out amazing work in our communities and this funding is an acknowledgement from our Government of that valuable contribution.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who give up their free time to make our communities better places to live.
“Being a volunteer with TidyTowns allows individuals to practice their passion for the good of their community, whether that passion concerns the built environment, landscaping, sustainable living, and local wildlife or organising a litter collection; there is a place for it in TidyTowns.
This funding for 42 TidyTowns organisations here in Kildare, will not just celebrate the last 60 years, but also help us look towards the future.”
“This grant scheme is a once off investment by the Department of Rural and Community Development to mark the 60th anniversary of the TidyTowns competition in 2018 and is in addition to the support provided by the Department on an ongoing basis.”
Note to Editors:
All applicants, who have applied to enter the competition, in any of the past 3 years will be eligible. Pobal will administer the scheme on behalf of the Department and will contact all eligible groups directly over the coming weeks to facilitate the drawdown of the funding.
Under the scheme villages are eligible to receive €1,000; small towns are eligible to receive €2,000, large towns are eligible to receive €3,000; and large urban centres are eligible to receive €4,000.
The potential amounts due to 42 Kildare groups are set out below.
Ballymore Eustace €2,000