On Monday 29 October, local community groups/partnerships and trade associations in the Ballymena area met with Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Councillor Lindsay Millar in The Braid in order to gain recognition for their recent success in securing grant funding through a key partnership between Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Council.
The scheme, known as 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, 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.
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.
With an unprecedented interest in the scheme this year with over 22 groups applying, and total funding request of £70,000, we are pleased to announce that thirteen group projects have secured funding, with Council contributing £10,000 in the 2018 allocation; five from the Ballymena area.
Ballymena groups securing funding include Grange Cross Community Association, Cullybackey Community Partnership, Ahoghill Traders’ Association, Ballymena Base and Connect Ministries.