The Live Here Love Here annual Small Grants Scheme is now OPEN for applications. Any group or organisation committed to improving our local environment and building a sense of community pride is encouraged to apply. Applications will close on Monday 18th May 2020 at 12 noon.
Supported by local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, McDonald's UK and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects that:
Improve the health and well being of communities whilst helping to improve and/or maintain public spaces
Use innovative ways to reduce littering and dog fouling where you live
Improve the way your local environment is looked after, whether urban, rural or coastal
Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement
Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout Northern Ireland.
In light of COVID-19, the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme will make funding available to community groups enabling them to support the needs of local people impacted through reduced contact with society. Additional criteria has been added to the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme to support actions that help care for those in need as a result of COVID-19.
A range of much needed community help that could be supported includes, but not limited to:
Emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of COVID-19
Grow Your Own projects and materials (supplemented by online webinars/classes for e.g. on seed collection, seasonal food growing and maintenance, cookery, foraging etc.) to encourage new skills development, extend virtual environmental education opportunities to the wider community and to provide positive interventions to tackle loneliness and isolation in response to COVID-19
Applications welcome from newly formed COVID-19 action groups to act as a community hub and to distribute growing kits to families/individuals in the wider community
Applications are available to complete online.
Guidance notes are available to help with your application.