Council Chairperson launches Live Here Love Here small grants scheme

Published: 5th July 2016

The Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, together with Nicola Fitzsimons from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, has launched the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme for the Fermanagh and Omagh district. The scheme, which is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Tourism Northern Ireland, Choice Housing and Coco-Cola, takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of civic pride in our local communities by providing 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 in the Fermanagh and Omagh districtChoice 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. Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, says: “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 Coca Cola. This simply means more money reaching the places and people whose ambition is to bring about positive change where they live.”

The Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, welcomed the small grants scheme as a supportive initiative for local communities. “The Council invests significant resources, both financial and personnel, in keeping the district clean and tidy and in enforcing the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment legislation on littering and dog fouling. The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme will provide additional resources to local communities to help them ‘do their bit’ to keep their local environment beautiful. I would encourage as many groups as possible to apply for the scheme and complete a project to enhance their locality”.

The scheme forms part of the wider Live Here Love Here programme, which includes an innovative media campaign and exciting volunteering opportunities to encourage participation all year round. To learn more please visit www.liveherelovehere.org .

The Small Grant Scheme is also open to all Housing Association residents and Coastal and Inland Waterway Communities with support from Choice Housing and Coca-Cola throughout all council areas in Northern Ireland.

For more information on the live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme please visit www.liveherelovehere.org or contact Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful on 028 9073 6920.

 Closing date for applications is 12noon 1st August 2016

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Note to Editors

  • Live Here Love Here is a campaign focused on and building a sense of civic pride in our local communities through positive voluntary action to improve our local environment.
  • Choice Housing is the largest independent housing association in Northern Ireland. Their pursuit of improvement has shaped their vision of what people should expect from a modern housing association. Choice embraces and understands the complex business of changing lives and building communities. It has emboldened them to focus resources, creativity and commercial ambition to unlock the barriers towards collective social and economic advance. Choice want their customers and partners to share in their ambitious journey and challenge others to embrace their bold vision for a better future, safer neighbourhoods and stronger communities that value and promote diversity.
  • Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful runs a number of other activities as part of Live Here Love Here including The BIG Spring Clean, the Coast Care, River Care and Lough Care programme (sponsored by Coca Cola) and Adopt A Spot.
  • Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will spend over £2 million on street cleansing and litter removal this year.

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