Author: Francesca Anastasi
The Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning has announced that on Monday, 15th February 2021, a new green initiative will be launched. The purpose of the ‘Green Your Building’ grant scheme is to promote green infrastructure and thus, convert polluted, built up residential areas into greener places to live in.
The allocated budget for this scheme is that of EUR 2,000,000 and the scheme will 100% finance the introduction of green facades, green walls and green retrofitting of front gardens. The ‘Green Your Building’ scheme will refund 100% of eligible works, including all costs relating to labour, materials, equipment hire and a five-year maintenance plan.
Private residences which have a front garden, apartment blocks with balconies overlooking a public street or space and shops and offices with existing front gardens shall be eligible for this scheme and thus may apply for a grant of up to EUR 10,000. Funding is capped at EUR 500 per square metre to create green walls, EUR 250 per square metre for green facades and a maximum of EUR 600 per square metre to retrofit front gardens.
Interested parties may submit their applications from Monday 15th February and this scheme is available on a first come first serve basis. To facilitate the vetting of such requests for funding under this scheme, the applications must be submitted by registered architects via the Planning Authority’s online e-application system.
Acceptance of such applications shall remain open until 9th April 2021. However, they may close earlier if the allocated budget is utilised prior to this date.
Introducing green infrastructure in urban areas and thus doing our part as a country to mitigate the negative impacts caused by densely populated areas will result in a significantly better quality of life. Both from a psychological and physical aspect. We at Ewropa fully endorse this initiative.
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