New-look Limerick Going for Gold is launched

Merchants Quay in Limerick today  hosted the launch of the Going For Gold campaign which this year has been expanded to incorporate all of Limerick city and county, as well as the Limerick In Bloom competition and a new improvement grant scheme.

Organised by Limerick City and County Council in association with the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, the Limerick Going for Gold Environment Improvement Grant & Competition encourages communities to help make Limerick a cleaner, brighter place to work, live and visit.

Featuring a prize fund of €74,000, which is fully funded by the McManus Charitable Foundation, this year’s competition features four separate categories, namely Going for Gold Challenge (top prize of €10,000), Limerick In Bloom and a Tidy Towns Incentive category. Separately, there is a Best Front Garden Competition, sponsored by The Parkway Shopping Centre.

Going For Gold also encompasses a new grant scheme which is 50% match funded by the McManus Charitable Foundation, applicants to which will be automatically entered into the Going For Gold Competition. The Limerick Going for Gold Environment Improvement Grant Scheme replaces the Priming Grant and Environment Improvement Grant schemes which were previously administered in Limerick City and County.

Speaking at today’s launch event, Deputy Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Frankie Daly welcomed the “important role” played Limerick Going For Gold in enhancing the appearance of the local environment in Limerick in the weeks leading up to Tidy Towns judging during June.

“I am delighted to announce the 2015 Limerick Going for Gold Environment Improvement Grant & Competition incorporating Limerick in Bloom. I would encourage as many groups as possible to participate.  I wish to acknowledge the JP McManus Charitable Fund for its generous sponsorship of the scheme, as well as the support of the media partners, including Live 95FM, The Limerick Leader, The Limerick Post and I Love Limerick,” said Cllr. Daly.

Gerry Boland of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation commented: “The Foundation welcomes the expansion of this competition which provides local communities throughout Limerick City and it environs as well as Limerick County with an incentive to get together, improve their own areas and enjoy and reap the benefits that participation can bring. This new and improved scheme is likely to generate even greater interest amongst community groups and business who are considering participating this year.”

Limerick City and County Council confirmed there is one application form for the dual purpose of applying for the Environment Improvement Grant Scheme and the Competition. All groups that applied for last year’s Environment Improvement Grant or Priming Grant have been posted application forms directly. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9th June.

Going for Gold Challenge Category (with population related subcategories):

This category is open to all groups including those that have entered Tidy Towns and will have population subcategories. The following will be considered in relation to the judging of this category: 1) Project for which ‘Limerick G4G EIG incorporating LIB 2015’ grant aid was provided; 2) Application form received; 3) General absence of litter from the areas including approach roads; 4) Features of approach roads to area, village or town; 5) Trees; and 6) Details of additional works undertake since previous year if applicable.

Limerick in Bloom Category:

This category, which is open to all groups, relates to appropriate planting and floral displays, use of colour, perennial planting and planting schemes that attract biodiversity.  Hanging baskets, window boxes are relevant in this section.  There will be a monetary prize for winners in each of the four Municipal District areas with an overall winner receiving a monetary prize and the Limerick in Bloom Trophy.

Tidy Towns Incentive Category:

This category is open to groups that have entered the National Tidy Towns Competition in 2015 and whose results are eligible to be listed in the 2015 Tidy Towns Results Book.   This category will be based on Tidy Towns results for 2015. The most improved group across the City and County will receive a prize. In addition, the most improved group in each of the Municipal Districts will also receive a prize. There will be a selection of awards under various Tidy Towns category headings also.

Best Front Garden Competition:

This category requires completion of an additional application form.  The Parkway Shopping Centre, Childers Road, Limerick, produce the application form along with sponsoring and judging this category of the competition.  If you would like to enter a garden in your area for this competition please tick the relevant box in the attached Application Form or email garden@parkwaysc.com. Please note the garden must be visible from the public road.

For further details contact the Limerick City & County Council Customers Services team on 061 496200 or by email to customerservices@limerick.ie. Follow Going for Gold on Facebook (www.facebook.com/limerickgoingforgold) or visit www.limerick.ie/goingforgold.

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