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Mayor helps launch Live Here Love Here’s environmental Small Grants Scheme

Friday 19 May 2017

Ways to reduce littering and dog fouling, improve the way local environments are looked after and helping to make a contribution to the development of civic pride within a community is to be the focus for a grants scheme.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE has lent her support to the 2017 ‘Live Here Love Here’ Small Grants Scheme, just launched.

“Live Here Love Here is inviting any group or organisation committed to improving our local environment and building a sense of community pride to submit their applications under their Small Grants Scheme,” said Cllr Wales.

She said that the scheme is running in partnership with local councils, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Choice Housing, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, McDonald’s and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

“The scheme provides support to volunteer projects that reduce littering and dog fouling, improve how the environment is looked after, help in the development of civic pride and enhance or attract tourism through environmental improvements.”

The Mayor met Jodie-Ann McAneaney, Live Here Love Here Manager at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, today to launch the initiative. She explained that 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 in supporting Council areas.

“Last year, £109,000 of funding was made available supporting 78 local community projects,” Jodie-Ann McAneaney, Live Here Love Here Manager at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful said.

The scheme forms part of the wider Live Here Love Here programme, which includes an innovative media campaign and volunteering opportunities.

For more information on the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme and to download an application form, visit www.liveherelovehere.org or contact Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful on 028 9073 6920.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon 21 June 2017.