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Local Authority Grant Scheme

​The Department has co-funded local authority anti-litter awareness and education initiatives amounting to €12.4 million since 1997.  Local authorities are responsible for selecting suitable anti-litter awareness projects for funding and deciding on the grant allocations in individual cases.  Projects/activities 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.

The criteria for selecting anti-litter and anti-graffiti awareness projects are set out below.

  • Projects/activities 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 involving schools and young people in anti-litter and anti-graffiti action and on voluntary initiatives by community and environmental groups
  • Grants should be used, where possible, to leverage local business co-funding of education and awareness measures
  • The maximum grant available in any individual case may be up to 70% of the overall cost of the project, with the balance being met by way of local contribution
  • Where a local authority is not directly involved in a project, it must be fully satisfied that the project will be satisfactorily implemented
  • Projects should be to a high standard and should aim at establishing or replicating best practice in relation to litter education/awareness measures.

    If your community group or organisation would like to apply for grant aid for an anti-litter or anti-graffiti awareness project, please contact your local authority.