Application Criteria

Application Criteria for Community Growing Projects across Ireland.

Who and what is the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund for?

The Energia Get Ireland Growing fund is open to community groups across the 32 counties to use for a food growing project. Examples of eligible groups include schools, creches, hospitals rehabilitation centres, mental health facilities, allotments with communal space, community gardens and not-for-profits looking to develop or enhance an existing community food-growing initiative.  The funding can be used for infrastructure, training, tools, equipment, seeds, plants, compost, raised beds, polytunnels, beehives, ponds, edible hedgerows, orchards… pretty much anything you can use to grow and eat in a community setting.

Closing Date

The last date for applications will be accepted is Friday, January 19th 2018 at 5pm. 

Who can apply?

The Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund is aimed at supporting community food growing initiatives run by groups like:

  1. Community and voluntary groups
  2. NGOs and not-for-profits
  3. Community gardens and allotment projects
  4. Education facilities
  5. Healthcare facilities

What can the fund be used for?

The Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund is aimed at promoting food growing in the community.  The projects should all have an element of outreach, promotion and inclusivity and should have some plan to encourage more people to grow their own food.  The projects should be new or an enhancement of an existing project (i.e. funding will not be provided to retrospectively fund work already carried out). We are particularly interested in projects that will use community food growing for some of the following reasons:

  • Improve the quality of life for participants
  • Provide a catalyst for neighbourhood and community development
  • Stimulate social interaction
  • Encourage self-reliance
  • Beautify neighbourhoods
  • Produce nutritious food
  • Reduce family food budgets
  • Conserve resources
  • Create opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Preserve green space
  • Provide opportunities for inter-generational and cross-cultural connections 

What can it not be used for?

Private individuals, for-profit enterprises or community groups outside of the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland are not eligible for funding from the Energia Get Ireland Growing fund. The fund cannot be used to cover costs of work that has already been carried out and can’t be used for anything that is not related to food growing.

Multiple applications

The fund is divided into categories, Sow, Grow and Harvest. Applications can be made for one of these categories only. Multiple applications will result in disqualification from entry. This is because of the huge volume of applications we expect and in the interest of fairness. We want as many communities as possible to benefit from this fund.

Registering with GIY

Every group who applies for funding must register on the GIY community platform Change X. Registration is free, quick and simple. We will request a link to your Change X page as part of the application procedure. 

The Categories

The Fund will be distributed in 86 awards and 85 of those will be in 3 main categories, Sow (€500), Grow (€1,000) and Harvest (€2,000). Applicants must indicate which category they are applying for in their application, however GIY and Energia may move applicants into other categories depending on the quality of the application, the needs of the projects and the numbers of applications. 

The last award will be for €5,000 which will be chosen by the Today Show audience on RTE 1. Applications for this huge award will need to adhere to all the above criteria, in addition to a few extra requirements, including some video content, to complete the application. See the Today Show Garden page to apply. 

Friends and Family

Look, we know Ireland is tiny and everyone knows, or is related to, or went to school with everyone else. So we’re going to be as reasonable as we can with this one. Yes, technically, if you’re related to someone in GIY, or Energia, or you’re great friends with one of us, you aren’t eligible to apply. Buy if you used to go out with our sister, you were in the scouts with our cousin or our mams went to school together we’ll let you off.

The final decision for successful awardees is with GIY and Energia. Successful or not, we will contact every single applicant to let them know how they got on. We will use the email address you put in your application form so please make sure it’s valid and checked regularly.