Live Here Love Here Small Grants

Thursday 25th May 2017

£57,000 funding now available

£57,000 funding now available

Community and school groups across Ards and North Down are being encouraged to love the area that they live in.

They can apply for funding of up to £5,000 under the ‘Live Here Love Here’ Small Grants Scheme that tackles issues such as poor environmental quality, littering and dilapidation by encouraging volunteers to take practical action in their local communities.

In previous years groups have organised beach clean-ups, renovated neglected public gardens, and upcycled unused furniture.

There is a total of £57,000 funding available thanks to a Recycling Community Investment Fund that has been established by Ards and North Down Borough Council from monies saved through its food waste recycling programme. 

Director of Environment for Ards and North Down Borough Council, David Lindsay, expanded:

“Last year Ards and North Down residents recycled 133% more food waste saving an incredible £1M.  These savings will be re-invested in a range of community projects across the borough, that will make the area a better place to live, work, visit and invest, one of which is the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme.”

The programme is being delivered by the Council in conjunction with environmental charity, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Tourism Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Choice Housing, McDonald’s and Coca Cola.

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Deborah Girvan, is encouraging local groups to apply.  She said:

“It’s great to be involved in initiatives like this that empower residents and provide support to bring about positive change for communities.  I’d encourage local groups to apply for funding; all you need to do is complete a simple application form detailing how your project will improve their local environment or community through practical action.”

Jodie McAneaney, Live Here Love Here Manager 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.”

The scheme is open to volunteer groups operating in Ards and North Down.  The deadline for applications is 12noon on 21 June 2017. For more information or to obtain an application pack visit www.liveherelovehere.org or contact Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful on 028 9073 6920.