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April 11, 2008

Kildare to Benefit from New Graffiti Reduction Programme


Kildare North Fianna Fáil T.D. Michael Fitzpatrick has urged the local community groups to apply for funding under the Community Graffiti Reduction Programme, a new national programme to support local communities in their bid to improve their local environment.
"Under this programme, funding will be made available to assist local communities to tackle the issue of graffiti with the support of the Departments of Justice, Environment and Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs,”

"A budget of €3.75 million has been set aside for the programme during 2008. This funding will assist community groups in a range of activities and supports including graffiti removal, preventative anti-graffiti measures and educational initiatives.”

“The first round of funding to be allocated will be ring-fenced to RAPID areas but all areas of the county are eligible to apply for subsequent sets of funds, with applications being accepted from May 2008.”

“This second round of funding will be directed towards, not only the removal of graffiti from public spaces or publicly visible private property but the also the identification of improvements that can be made with planting or fencing to prevent new graffiti.”

“Targeted initiatives, including training, will also be funded, working with young adult offenders or at risk young people to include them in anti-graffiti activities.”

“Educational initiatives will also be supported and may include work with youth or sporting groups informing them of the effects of graffiti on their local community and environment.”

“Businesses will also be assisted in removing graffiti with cleaning kits and advice on preventive measures.”

“I also welcome the pro-active aspect of the programme that will fund community arts projects to work on the creation of outdoor publicly visible arts projects which will allow young people a space for artistic creation without negatively effecting their local environment.”

"I would urge local community groups, including Tidy Towns Committees to apply for funding for this valuable programme as soon as possible," concluded Deputy Fitzpatrick.