Feasibility Funding has been warmly welcomed for two sustainable food projects in Donegal.
The funding, announced yesterday, will support the Donegal County Enterprise Fund and Larionad Achmhainni Nadurtha Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta (CLG). The grants approved range from €20,000 to €50,000 per project.
The first project will investigate the feasibility of establishing a Food Coast Incubation Centre at Glenties Enterprise Centre.
The proposed centre would comprise infrastructure of scale including specialist food production units, co-working innovation kitchens, and scaling and growth support services to respond to pressing industry challenges of Covid-19, sustainability and climate change (particularly pertinent in farming and fishing sector) and Brexit.
The second project is a Gaeltacht-based social enterprise. The overall objective of the Cill Ulta: Northwest Bioeconomy Hub is to develop an integrated regional bioeconomy hub in the Northwest, by focusing on biological and technological innovations within the regional bioeconomy to drive sustainable economic, cultural, social and ecological innovation, job creation, learning and research opportunities and entrepreneurial talent.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Donegal T.D., Charlie McConalogue, welcomed the announcement of the successful applicants under the Government’s Regional Enterprise Transition Scheme (RETS) Feasibility Funding in Donegal.
Commenting on the announcement, Minister McConalogue said “I am delighted that two Donegal projects were successful in this funding round out of 18 nationally. I am also delighted that both projects focus on sustainable food production and on highlighting food in Donegal. I commend the project teams for their hard work.”