The 2023 Marine Litter Capital Grants Scheme is now closed for applications.
The Marine Litter Capital Grant supports organisations and groups to purchase items that:
- Prevent litter and plastic pollution from entering the marine environment
- Enhance the environmental management of a local area to reduce marine litter
- Improve the health and well-being of communities and marine biodiversity recovery by helping to improve and/or maintain the quality of public open spaces
- Improve the quality of their local environment by changing behaviour through creative concepts to reduce the incidence of littering.
Guidance and Support
While applications for this grant are now closed, you can still take a look at the 2023 Marine Litter Grant Guidance Notes. To be eligible for this grant:
- Your organisation is likely to be involved in managing and/or owning free-to-access public open space, or if not, you will have a clearly defined role in managing the local environmental quality of such space and this will be formally agreed with the landowners. Please note: for the purposes of this grant, school grounds are considered as public open space.
- Your project must be located on a free-to-access public open space, or you must show how it is applicable to free-to-access public open space.
- You must clearly demonstrate how the project will decrease the amount of litter and plastic entering the marine environment.
- You must clearly demonstrate commitment and the ability to provide for the ongoing management of any physical assets purchased as part of the project (e.g., regular and timely emptying of bins).
- Funding must only be used for the purchase and/or installation of eligible capital items.
- Schools must demonstrate how they will use any assets purchased in an educational context.
This grant is available to organisations across the whole of Northern Ireland and is 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 encourage 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.
For any further information, please get in touch.