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2015 Small Grants Scheme Launches

Web Administrator   Fri 28 Aug 2015   updated: Fri 05 Feb 2016

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The second year of the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme will help communities, schools and groups to take practical action to improve their local environment and support the growth of civic pride throughout Northern Ireland.

The environmental charity, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful will be working with the Department of the Environment, Tourism Northern Ireland and local Councils to launch the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme, which is designed to tackle issues such as poor environmental quality, littering and dilapidation by encouraging volunteers to take practical action in their local communities. Interested groups can get more information and an application pack in this site's Small grants section.

The scheme forms part of the wider Live Here Love Here programme, which includes an innovative media campaign and the creation of a calendar of volunteering opportunities to encourage participation all year round.

The Small Grants Scheme is open to volunteer groups operating in participating Council areas:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Belfast City Council
  • Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (via Down Your Street programme)

Groups will need to complete a simple application form detailing how their project will improve their local environment or community through practical action. The deadline for applications is noon on 28th September 2015.

Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, says: “The work of proud local citizens who volunteer their precious time is, as funding cuts affect us all, increasingly vital to maintaining the quality of life we all want and expect. These small grants support practical action in communities and seek to grow a strong ‘can-do’ community spirit. By working together and encouraging everyone to take part, we can start to tackle the negative impact of littering and other environmental behaviours and create a cleaner, greener and more prosperous society.”

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, said: “I very much welcome community groups and local organisations getting involved in protecting and promoting their local environment. The more they participate, the more clean and green their neighbourhoods will be. It is fitting therefore that my department continues to support the highly successful “Live Here Love Here” campaign, now in its second year.  By supporting the campaign my department is helping Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and local councils deliver clear tangible benefits for the local community through this excellent grant scheme.”

Stephen Finlay, Corporate Development Director at Tourism Northern Ireland, says: “A beautiful environment is part of the tourism fabric of Northern Ireland which our visitors greatly value.   Last year’s small grants programme enabled communities to take the lead in making positive changes in their neighbourhoods and deliver improvements around our coastline.  We are delighted to support the Small Grants Scheme once again and we are confident that the projects which are enabled by this fund will add to the positive perceptions and profile of our destination by presenting a cleaner, greener Northern Ireland"

Documents for download

Small Grants Scheme 2015 Application Form  

Frequently Asked Questions