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Small Grants Scheme

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Live Here Love Here Small Grants are funded by 10 Local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, McAdam and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects that:

  • Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement.
  • Encourage actions and projects that enable Pollution Solutions, Biodiversity Recovery and Climate Action.
  • Enhance the environmental management of a local area.
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of communities whilst helping to improve and/or maintain public spaces.
  • Improve the quality of their local environment by reducing littering and dog fouling through community Action.
  • Support environmentally focused actions that help support people impacted through reduced contact with society.

Value of Grants

Grants are available between £500 - £3000. Average value of grants awarded is £1200.


The Small Grants Scheme is open to:

  • Community & Voluntary groups (including unconstituted groups)
  • Sports clubs, churches and youth groups
  • Not for profit organisations
  • School and third level education organisations (note, the School Pollinator Garden grants are currently open with grants between £3,000-£12,000)

Applications are particularly welcome from grassroots groups who have not previously received support through the Live Here love Here Small Grants Scheme.

Funding is only available in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area to projects located in Northern Ireland Housing Executive areas.

What type of projects will the Small Grant Scheme fund?

  • Development of shared spaces such as alleys.
  • Community food growing initiatives.
  • Skill sharing in horticulture and community growing.
  • Projects that tackle litter issues and dog fouling.

Litter picking equipment is not eligible in the 2022-2023 grants - please apply to the Adopt A Spot programme for free litter picking sources.

Need some inspiration?

Check out the documents below, they are packed with hints and tips to help with your application.

Biodiversity Recovery Project Advice
Pollution Solutions Project Advice
Tackling Textiles Project Advice

We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions from volunteers over the past number of years. If you can't find your question below, please get in touch.

Download our FAQs

Download the scheme's Guidance Notes

Apply Now

For a step by step guide on the application process and to find out more about the Small Grants Scheme, check out our webinar video below!

To apply for a grant:

  1. Log into the website
  2. Go to 'My profile'
  3. Click the grey tab  'Live Here Love Here Small Grants applications' 
  4. Click the green link 'Click here to make a new application'
  5. Begin your application
Pollinator Project Ideas