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Up to £30,000 available for local community projects in N Ireland

Howard Lake | 12 December 2012 | News

The next round of funding from the Groundwork NI’s Alpha programme closes on 4 January 2013.

The Groundwork NI Alpha Programme provides grants to organisations that can demonstrate they have the ideas to transform their local surroundings for the better. Depending on the nature of each individual project, grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 will be available and allocated under the two categories of community-based projects and biodiversity.


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All projects must be located within ten miles of the Mullaghglass landfill site at Castlerobin near Lisburn. This covers the greater Lisburn and Belfast areas.

Funding for community projects includes providing and improving facilities such as community spaces, cultural and places for outdoor recreation. This could be a building that needs improvement in order to increase the range of services on offer to the local community or an open space such as a park, play area, seating or woodland that needs transforming to benefit local people of all ages.

Under biodiversity, the programme will support projects to conserve and promote wildlife species and habitats.

At the programme's launch Project Manager Richard Rogers encouraged groups to put forward innovative projects: "It could be creating new and safe play areas for children", he said, "restoring an old pond, refurbishing community buildings, creating community woodland or enhancing a local garden or parkland. Through similar projects we have managed previously we have seen that similar projects have witnessed real benefits for local communities both socially and environmentally".

For more information, contact Mel Waddell on 028 90749494 or on me***********@gr***********.uk.