With match funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Community Foundation for Ireland has added €100,000 to its commitment to support sustainability through their Environment and Nature Fund. In total the fund will award €300,000 to community groups tackling environmental issues.
On Friday 21st June applications were opened to the community and voluntary sector to focus on creating Sustainable Communities through the Circular Economy and Sustainable Consumption and Waste.
Sustainable communities are ones that are economically thriving; environmentally healthy; and socially resilient. The circular economy aims to reduce waste at all stages of the economic cycle and ensure materials are used as efficiently as possible. In a circular economy, growth is separated from the use of scarce resources through production models based on long life products that can be renewed, reused, repaired, upgraded or refurbished.
The benefits of reducing consumption and improving waste practices will assist communities socially, environmentally and economically by increasing the significance of all reusable resources. This grant has been developed with the Sustainable Development Goals in focus specifically Goal 12 which seeks to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns.
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