Tidy Towns groups in County Wicklow are included in funding of €1.4m announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys.
The funding is provided to support Tidy Town Groups in preparation for the 2023 SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition. It will promote emphasis on projects that emphasise green spaces, parks and biodiversity.
As part of the initiative, grants of between €1,000 and €4,000 will be provided to almost 900 Tidy Towns groups right across the country. Groups who entered the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition in 2021 or 2022 will be eligible.
Cllr Tommy Annesley, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, welcomed the funding for County Wicklow saying it was an investment in communities and community work across the county.
Council Chief Executive, Mr Brian Gleeson, stated that it was very welcome funding for community groups who were doing their best to improve their local areas with limited money.
Mr Michael Nicholson, Director of Services for Community, Cultural and Social Development, said the funding will be of great benefit to Tidy Towns Groups across the county.
The SuperValu Tidy Towns competition has been in existence since 1958 and continues to grow and attract new entrants each year with some 882 towns and villages entering the 2022 competition.
Teresa Earls of Arklow Tidy Towns, acheivers of the highest score in the county this year, and a 3rd Gold medal, reiterated just how welcome this funding is. ‘This funding is very important to Tidy Towns. It is our bread and butter and helps kick start our New Year tasks. There are lots of great projects coming up in the New Year which will hugely benefit the town and will be in keeping with the new Tidy Towns guidelines surrounding climate change and biodiversity.’
Speaking about the funding to support groups entering the 2023 SuperValu Tidy Towns competition, Minister Humphreys said: “This week I wrote to all Tidy Towns Groups across the country and thanked them for their work and dedication to their community. The efforts of the thousands of volunteers make our towns more vibrant and better places to live, work and raise a family.”