Live Here Love Here Small Grants information session for Mid and East Antrim communities

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Live Here Love Here are calling for local groups to apply to the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme.


Funding from £500 to £5,000 is available to bring environmental and community projects to life.

An information session is being held on 28 March in Larne Town Hall from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of pride in our local communities.

Launched by Local Councils, the Department of Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Choice Housing, McDonald’s and Keep Northern Beautiful, the Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects that: 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;
  • To enhance or attract tourism to your community through environmental improvements.

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 within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Area.

The Small Grants Scheme is also open to all Housing Association and Housing Executive residents with support from Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Choice Housing, and McDonald’s throughout all council areas in Northern Ireland. 

Choice Housing are partnering with Live Here Love Here as a commitment to enable people to secure tangible benefits and build stronger community spirit.

Their support to Live Here Love Here will help amplify the campaign’s efforts to revitalise and reenergise neighbourhoods across Northern Ireland.

Cllr Paul Reid, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, said: “I am very pleased that Council is helping to revitalise and reenergise neighbourhoods and to specifically contribute to the development of civic pride within our community.

“Live Here Love Here, the Small Grants Scheme will enable many small environmental and community focused projects to come to life, which will enrichen and strengthen the pride we have in our area. The focus on environmental improvement is very welcome, especially given the recent accolade for Broughshane with its recognition as Channel 4’s Village of The Year.”

Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said: “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 the seven councils, DAERA and Tourism NI now joined by Choice Housing and McDonalds. This simply means more money reaching the places and people whose ambition is to bring about positive change where they live.”

For more information on the live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme please visit the Live Here Love Here website or contact Karina Magee by E: