Thank you for your interest in the Live Here Love Here Marine Litter Capital Grants. You are strongly advised to read all the guidance notes before you completing an application.
In relation to this grant programme the main sources of marine litter are defined as:
Note: 80% of marine litter comes from land sources so the grants are open to all Northern Ireland geographical areas.
This grant is open to any organisation with responsibilities for managing free to access public open space, including:
Note that collaborative applications between two or more of the above categories are welcomed.
To be eligible:
Grants are available across the whole of Northern Ireland and are not restricted to coastal areas. However, the funding is specifically targeted at preventing marine litter. Therefore, applications must be able to demonstrate clearly how a project will contribute to reducing litter and plastics entering our seas. In this way, projects will help ensure good environmental status of our coastal and marine environments in relation to litter. Ultimately, this will ensure that the properties and quantities of marine litter do not cause harm to the coastal and marine environment.
Financial support of between £500 and £40,000 will be available to constituted groups, businesses and statutory bodies meeting the eligibility criteria.
Financial support of between £500 and £5,000 will be available to non-constituted groups.
Note: that the average grant award is likely to be a lot less than the maximum, which will only be awarded for exceptionally innovative or strategically significant projects.
Each applicant organisation can submit only one application with the exception that an applicant may also be named as a partner in a second collaborative bid. Each application will be judged on its own merit.
Note: that this is a competitive process and not all applicants will be successful.
Are there any matching funding requirements?
There is no requirement for applicants to obtain match funding for projects, however, there are two exceptions:
Council and business match funding must be for the purchase of capital items. Ongoing maintenance and servicing costs cannot form part of the match funding.
Irrespective of applicant, projects that deliver a higher level of match funding than required, and/or in-kind expertise, volunteers etc are strongly encouraged.
The Marine Litter Capital Grants will support organisations and groups to purchase items to:
Please note: capital spending is money that is spent on investment, the purchase of assets or to create something. Examples could be equipment, which will be of tangible use or benefit in providing services and meeting the objectives of the grant scheme for more than three years.
To provide you with project ideas, below are some examples of what we will fund:
The primary focus of the Live Here Love Here Marine Litter Capital Grants is to equip organisations and people who manage public open spaces to reduce marine litter.
While the items below may be part of your project, the Live Here Love Here Capital Grants will not fund these items:
Proposed projects must meet one or more of the following objectives:
Applicants should note that projects do not need to meet all the objectives but applications should strongly indicate those objectives that are being met.
Projects will be assessed in the following areas:
All items purchased through the Capital Grant must not be for personal gain.
During project delivery, the Live Here Love Here team may contact participating groups to arrange site visits to monitor the progress of their project(s). Similarly, after you confirm your project is completed we may arrange a site visit to verify completion and expenditure. In accepting a grant you agree to facilitate these visits and provide all information requested in a timely manner.
Sites visits can take place up to two years after your grant claim. All items funded through the programme must be in regular use for a minimum of 3 years after the grant is claimed with data of litter collected/removed diverted from marine sites recorded on the Live Here Love Here app. Failure to comply could result in the grant funds being recovered.
We may also seek your help in developing publicity materials to assist in promoting the grants in future years. These arrangements will be kept under review and site visits will be undertaken in accordance with national government guidance on social distancing at that time.
Partial payment of Grants will be available and funding will be released upon confirmation that elements of the project are complete and grant claim documents are submitted.
Ensuring value for money
Receipts/invoices and proof of expenditure must be submitted with ALL claims for ALL items purchased (evidence of online quotes will be accepted).
Failure to comply may result in grant funding being withheld or withdrawn.
Information about the online claim process will be circulated to successful projects during October 2022.
Council and business applicants will be required to provide proof of the full expenditure in advance of the 50% payment being released. No advance payment is available.
Where deemed necessary, applicants (excluding business and council applicants) may be able to claim 80% of funding upfront with the final 20% paid on receipt of a completed and satisfactory summary report. This will be assessed on a case by case basis and approved only where any relevant additional information has been supplied to Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
If you have any questions in connection with the grant, please contact a member of the Live Here Love Here team at:
It is your responsibility to ensure that all of your activities, including all assets purchased and installed, project materials etc. arising from this project are properly and fully insured for public, employee or any other liability.
It is your responsibility to ensure that all permissions, consents, legal requirements, etc. are complied with before you commence your project.
Below are the important dates for the Capital Grants Scheme:
Monday 4 July 2022
12 noon on Friday 16 September 2022
Assessment completed and letter of offer sent
Friday 21 October 2022
Projects completed and all financial claims submitted
Tuesday 28 February 2023
The Live Here Love Here Marine Litter Capital Grants are being provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs through the Live Here Love Here collaborative partnership, involving DAERA, ten Local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.