Grants are available to community groups in Northern Ireland for local projects that support environmentally focused actions and which contribute to the development of civic pride.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
ÂŁ 3,000

Objectives of Fund

The objectives of the Live Here Love Here initiative are to:

  • Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community, with a focus on environmental improvement.
  • Encourage actions and projects that enable Pollution Solutions, Biodiversity Recovery and Climate Action.
  • Enhance the environmental management of a local area.
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of communities whilst helping to improve and/or maintain public spaces.
  • Improve the quality of their local environment by reducing littering and dog fouling through community action.
  • Support environmentally focused actions that help support people impacted through reduced contact with society.

Value Notes

Grants of between £500 and £3,000 are available.

The average grant awarded is around ÂŁ1,200.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a requirement of this scheme. However, projects that deliver a high level of ‘leverage’ in the form of funding, expertise or volunteers are strongly encouraged.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from local community organisations based in Northern Ireland. This includes:

  • Unconstituted groups.
  • Volunteer, community groups and NGOs.
  • All schools and third level education organisations.
  • Youth groups.
  • Sports clubs.
  • Not-for-profit organisations.

Proposed projects must engage volunteers and community groups, and applicants must ensure they have all relevant landowner permissions before they commence their project.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Project running costs such as salaries, insurance, mileage or office overheads.
  • Party-political activities.
  • Promotion of religion.
  • Holiday schemes.
  • Catering.
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • Professional fees more than 50% of an awarded grant.
  • Structures requiring maintenance from a local authority, eg on-street dog bins and recycling facilities.
  • Items that cannot/will not be stored in a community facility.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is intended for purchase of equipment and items that enable volunteers and community groups to deliver practical environmental action in their locality.

All items purchased through the scheme must benefit all members of the community.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is noon on 9 May 2022.

Guidance notes and the online application form can be found on the Live Here Love Here website.

Contact Live Here Love Here for further information.

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