Web Administrator Tue 02 Sep 2014 updated: Fri 05 Feb 2016
The scheme, launched by environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, helps volunteers to take practical action to improve their local environment and support the growth of civic pride.
The Live Here Love Here small grants scheme is run by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful in association with the Department of the Environment, Tourism Northern Ireland and twelve local Councils. The scheme is designed to tackle issues such as poor environmental quality, littering and dilapidation particularly in coastal areas, by encouraging volunteers to take practical action in their local communities.
The scheme forms part of the wider 'Live Here, Love Here' programme, which includes an innovative media campaign, due to launch at the beginning of next year, 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 Borough Council
Ards Borough Council
Ballymena Borough Council
Belfast City Council
Carrickfergus Borough Council
Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council
Fermanagh District Council
Larne Borough Council
Limavady Borough Council
Newry and Mourne District Council
Newtownabbey Borough Council
Strabane District Council
The small grants scheme is open to constituted volunteer groups taking action to improve their local environment or community. The deadline for applications has been extended to 12noon on 10 October 2014.
Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, comments: "This scheme will help volunteers to take practical action in their local communities to improve their local environment, how it is managed and support the growth of civic pride in communities. 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, more prosperous society."
Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, says: "Citizens quite rightly place most importance on their local environment. A clean, healthy local environment is a source of both civic pride and individual wellbeing. It is fitting that my Department joins with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Tourism Northern Ireland, and local councils to support a grant scheme to help citizens and community groups take practical action in their neighbourhoods, which will restore and enhance the environment and generate a great sense of pride."
Laura McCorry, Director of Corporate Development at Tourism Northern Ireland, says: "Earlier this year, we witnessed incredible levels of community spirit and civic pride in the run up to the Giro d'Italia. It was inspirational to see what could be achieved through local communities working together in their own areas."
"This scheme provides an opportunity to harness that community spirit and channel it into projects that can make positive improvements within local communities. We know that our visitors value a clean, and green natural environment so we are delighted to be supporting the Small Grants Scheme which we are confident will make an important contribution towards achieving a cleaner, greener Northern Ireland."
For more information on the 'Live Here, Love Here' small grants scheme and to download an application pack please visit the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful website at www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.