Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme14th November 2016
The third year of the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme will help communities, schools and groups to take practical action to improve their local environment and support the growth of civic pride throughout Northern Ireland.
The environmental charity, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful will be working with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Tourism Northern Ireland, local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Choice Housing and Coca-Cola to launch the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme.
The Small Grants Scheme is designed to help groups improve the quality of their local environment by reducing littering and dog fouling; enhancing the environmental management of a local area; contributing to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvements or to enhance or attract tourism to their community through environmental improvements. Interested groups can visit www.liveherelovehere.org for more information and an application pack.
The scheme forms part of the wider Live Here Love Here programme, which includes an innovative media campaign and exciting volunteering opportunities to encourage participation all year round. To learn more please visit www.liveherelovehere.org.
The Small Grants Scheme is open to volunteer groups operating in participating Council areas:
- Belfast City Council
- Derry City and Strabane District Council
- Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
- Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NI wide)
This year we are pleased to announce that the Live Here Love Here partnership has grown to include Northern Ireland Housing Executive. They will be providing additional funding to groups who are active within areas managed by a Housing Executive/Association.
Groups will need to complete a simple application form detailing how their project will improve their local environment or community through practical action. The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 28th November 2016.
Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, says: “These small grants support voluntary practical action where people want to grow a strong ‘can-do’ community spirit. It is exciting to see the grant scheme growing with Northern Ireland Housing Executive joining the growing list of partners. This simply means more money reaching the places and people whose ambition is to bring about positive change where they live.”
Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister, Michelle McIlveen, said: “I very much welcome community groups and local organisations getting involved in protecting and promoting their local environment. The more they participate, the more clean and green their neighbourhoods will be. It is fitting, therefore, that my department is supporting the highly successful “Live Here Love Here” campaign, now in its third year. By supporting the campaign my department is helping Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and local councils deliver clear tangible benefits for the local community through this excellent grant scheme.”
Clark Bailie, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, said; “At the Housing Executive, we build strong partnerships, strive for excellence and foster vibrant communities. We’re delighted to be able to help promote local civic pride though this scheme and very much look forward to seeing how the grants are making an impact on the ground as the volunteers involved get to work.”
Andy Patterson at Tourism Northern Ireland, says: “A beautiful environment is part of the tourism fabric of Northern Ireland which our visitors greatly value. Last year’s small grants scheme enabled communities to take the lead in making positive changes in their neighbourhoods and deliver improvements around our coastline. We are delighted to support the Small Grants Scheme once again and we are confident that the projects which are enabled by this fund will add to the positive perceptions and profile of our destination by presenting a cleaner, greener Northern Ireland”
For more information on the live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme please visit www.liveherelovehere.org or contact Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful on 028 9073 6920.