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Community groups urged to apply for Live Here Love Here grants

Live Here Love Here small grants scheme launched

By Sue Doherty

Community groups working to improve their local environment are encouraged to apply to this year's Live Here Love Here small grants scheme.

Any group or organisation committed to improving our local environment and building a sense of community pride is invited to submit an application.

In partnership with Local Councils, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Choice Housing, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, McDonald’s and Keep Northern Beautiful, the small grants scheme provides support to volunteer projects that:

  • use innovative ways to reduce littering and dog fouling;
  • improve the way the local urban, rural or coastal environment is looked after;
  • contribute to the development of civic pride within a community, with a focus on environmental improvement;
  • enhance or attract tourism to the community through environmental improvements.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available. The scheme is open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects in supporting Council areas.

Last year, £109,000 of funding was made available supporting 78 local community projects.

The Small Grants Scheme is also open to all Housing Association and Housing Executive residents with support from Choice Housing, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and McDonald’s throughout all council areas in Northern Ireland.

Local Councils and businesses have the option to partner with Live Here Love Here as a commitment to enable people to secure tangible benefits and build stronger community spirit.

Launching this year's scheme, Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said: “The Small Grants Scheme supports people who want to grow a strong ‘can-do’ community spirit through practical projects where they live.

"Again this year, the grant scheme has grown, now with nine of the eleven councils working alongside DAERA, Choice Housing, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and McDonalds. 

"The small grants can provide a focus for groups and schools helping them bring like-minded people together socially to build a strong sense of community pride through positive environmental action.”

For more information on the live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme and to download an application form please visit LiveLoveHere or contact Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful on 028 9073 6920.

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