2019 Community Environment Action Fund is now open

Do you have a project or initiative that could help to increase awareness of environmental issues locally, or that could help your community to become more sustainable?

If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the
2019 Community Environment Action Fund (previously called Local Agenda 21 Fund).

This Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.

Does Your Project Qualify?
Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions which support and complement national environmental policies such as those on waste, biodiversity, water conservation and climate change.

A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years, including community gardens and allotments, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting, biodiversity projects, waste reduction initiatives, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Lists of previously funded projects can be viewed online at:
Depending on number of applications the maximum grant is expected to be in the region of €1,500

How to Apply
Application forms are available here: https://monaghan.ie/environment/2019/08/28/2019-community-environment-action-fund/
or directly from Environment Services, Monaghan County Council, Carrickmacross, Civic Offices, Carrickmacross. 042 9661240  contact person: Mary McCoy

Applications must be made no later than 5pm Friday 27 September, 2019, on an official application form to the above address or via email to mmccoy@monaghancoco.ie
For general information on the Fund or to discuss a project contact Moira Kelly 042 9661240 mkelly@monaghancoco.ie


Funding for climate action and biodiversity projects – open to schools, clubs and community groups

Mr. Richard Bruton, T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment today (Wednesday, 21st August 2019), opened a scheme to support local environmental projects focusing on climate change and biodiversity. The new scheme is called the Community Environment Action fund, and it replaces the Local Agenda 21 Fund.
The fund is open to schools, community groups or clubs who wish to undertake local initiatives to tackle climate change or promote biodiversity. A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years including, community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. This year’s priority is for projects in the area of Climate and Biodiversity.
Groups seeking funding for eligible projects are invited to make an application to their local authority (application forms are available from the local authorities). Completed application forms should be returned to the relevant local authority at the latest by 5pm, 27 September 2019.
Application forms can be obtained from Moira Kelly in the Environment Section of Monaghan County Council. mkelly@monaghancoco.ie
042 9661240

Final call for Tidy Towns & Residents Associations trip to Malahide this Saturday

Co Monaghan Network of Tidy Towns Groups & Residents Associations is making their annual study visit this Saturday, August 24th.  This year the group is going to Malahide, where the gardeners at Malahide Castle will be showing them around their award winning work for pollinators, and then the Malahide Tidy Towns committee will be showing them around the village and talking to them about their various projects.

The bus tour is open to members of tidy towns groups and residents associations, and is free.  you MUST book your place on the bus before Saturday, which you can do by either phoning the Community Dept of Monaghan Co Co on 047 30500 or emailing Carol Lambe.  Seats are limited to 2 per group, and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Pick up points are:

9.30 am McNally’s car park Monaghan town

9.50 Glencarn hotel, Castleblayney

10.15  bypass bus stop, Carrickmacross

Two APPs for your Phone – get Citizen Mobilised

Aren’t computers wonderful things altogether?

You can do so much now without even leaving the house – including reporting to the Council that the street light outside your house has just gone on the blink!

All you have to do is log on to www.deadsureapp.com .  Put in your address, and the map will zoom right in to your street. Every light will be market with a blue dot (if it’s looked after by the Council.  If it’s not ‘taken in charge’ by the Council, it’s shown in red).  Click on your offending light, and off an email goes to the Council to inform them of the fault.

Here’s a video to explain the whole thing step by step in case you need it: http://monaghan-moss1/Energy Usage/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2fEnergy%20Usage%2fThe%20How%20To%20Folder&FolderCTID=&View=%7b8A5CB425%2dC684%2d4177%2dB757%2d6477AA303A17%7d

Got a pot hole problem?

Or maybe an overflowing drain, a broken kerbstone, or a manhole cover that rattles every time a car goes over it?

You can bring it to the Council’s attention, and even post photos of the problem, on www.fixmystreet.ie

You can bring any problem in a physical location to the Council’s attention through FixMyStreet, including illegal dumping, a tree that needs to be removed, a wall in a dangerous condition, an abandoned car…….

So, two more apps for the smartphone!

Have fun 🙂

So your community doesn’t enter the National Tidy Towns competition, but would like to……

….Then we have the event for you.  The Co Monaghan Network of Tidy Towns groups has organised an evening with Billy Flynn, one of the national adjudicators.  Billy will go through what is involved in entering the competition and will dispense tips and tricks for writing up a good entry form and ensuring your work gets noticed by the judges.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 22nd April at 8pm in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre.

We are especially keen to hear from the following communities, who have not entered Tidy Towns in a while:

  • Threemilehouse
  • Doohamlet
  • Killeevan
  • Smithboro
  • Newbliss
  • Ballybay
  • Carrickroe
  • Knockatallon

Tidy Towns Network Meeting 3rd March – focus on Sustainable Waste Management

Tidy Towns Network Meeting & Sustainable Waste Workshop 3rd March

The Spring meeting of the Network will take place on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm in the YWCA building on the North Road, Monaghan town.

The earlier time is to facilitate the guest speaker, Debbie Nesbitt, a National Tidy Towns Adjudicator who has special expertise in the new Sustainable Waste Management category. Debbie will go through what the judges are looking for, and will then go through actual entry forms and make suggestions as to how the data on the form could be improved, as well as suggesting some actions groups could undertake to bring up their score in this category.

If you wish Debbie to look at your group’s entry form, please email the Sustainable Waste section to Carol Lambe by Friday 20th February, so that Debbie can take a look at it before the meeting.

Carol’s email address is clambe@monaghancoco.ie