Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2188)

Colm Brophy

Ceist:

2188. Deputy Colm Brophy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount of funding and the number of community projects that have benefitted from anti-graffiti and anti-litter funding since 2011, by year and county in tabular form. [32050/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

From 1997 to 2018, in excess of €16.3m has been provided in co-funding by my Department to Local Authority anti-litter awareness and education initiatives. I recently announced a further €771,500 in funding for this scheme for 2019.

Local Authorities are responsible for selecting suitable anti-litter awareness projects for funding and deciding on the grant allocations in individual cases. These should seek to promote greater public awareness and education in relation to litter and graffiti and should, as far as possible, have a particular focus on voluntary initiatives by community and environmental groups, and on involving schools and young people in anti-litter and anti-graffiti action.

My Department does not collate data on the number of individual projects funded by the scheme by each Local Authority. I make an allocation of funding to each Local Authority whose responsibility it is to determine and prioritise projects based on the needs within their functional area. This allows each Local Authority the scope to tailor the funding in the most appropriate manner to tackle local issues that are most relevant to them. Details of the funding allocations, from 2011 to 2018, are available on my Department's website at:

https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/waste/litter/Pages/Local-Authority-Grant-Scheme.aspx.

The breakdown of grants for 2019 will be finalised when Local Authorities have responded with proposed projects.