Community has always been important to us here is Ireland. We might be famous for our globe-trotting ways but we are passionate about our home turf – in the most local sense. Get Involved encourages communities to come together to preserve the best aspects of their local areas, to protect their environment and to create local jobs.
It’s an initiative that’s built around a competition. Since 2013, projects all over Ireland have competed to share in a significant prize fund. In 2016/17 the winning projects will share a fund of €10,000. However, above and beyond the competition, Get Involved is about encouraging people to take positive action and to become responsible for their local areas.
Projects gain enormous support through Get Involved. The initiative was developed by Local Ireland, a group that represents 51 local newspapers and each of the Get Involved projects is paired with one of these local news brands. The partner newspaper provides coverage of the project as work progresses and sometimes even offers hands on assistance too!
Local Ireland, our newspaper members and our sponsor, SEAI are extremely proud of Get Involved. The initiative brings clear benefits to local economies and the environment by helping communities to become low-carbon, resource-efficient and economically resilient.
Get Involved 2017 will focus on the following eight areas:
It should be noted that projects do not need to be completed by the end of the calendar year. However clear and demonstrable project progress will have to be proven as will fulfilment of the judging criteria. The competition will be judged by a panel or four, including a representative of SEAI and will be chaired by broadcaster and environmentalist, Duncan Stewart.
Overall winner SEAI/Local Ireland Get Involved Community Project €5,000
2nd prize €1,500
3rd prize €500
Community Energy Champion €3,000
Get Involved Catalyst
Davie Philip of Cultivate has been a judge since Get Involved first launched. This year, he will act as catalyst. This means that Davie helps the organisers to identify the most suitable projects and he mentors the entrants to help them to make a greater impact in their community
Contact Davie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Year’s Winner
The Cottage Shop and Community Tearooms in Loughmore, Co.Tipperary won the overall prize in last year’s competition.
If you have any queries please contact us at email@example.com
Get Involved catalyst, Davie Philip: firstname.lastname@example.org