New grants scheme to support Civic Pride in Newry and Mourne

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Friday, September 19th, 2014
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A new grants scheme aimed at helping volunteers to take practical action to improve their local environment and support the growth of civic pride in Newry and Mourne is being launched by environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful in association with Newry and Mourne District Council. Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Newry and Mourne District Council will also be working with the Department of the Environment and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to launch the ‘Live Here, Love Here’ small grants scheme. The scheme is designed to tackle issues such as poor environmental quality, littering and dilapidation, by encouraging volunteers to take practical action in their local communities. The scheme forms part of the wider ‘Live Here, Love Here’ programme, which includes an innovative media campaign, due to launch at the beginning of next year, and the creation of a calendar of volunteering opportunities to encourage participation all year round. The scheme is open to constituted volunteer groups operating in the Newry and Mourne District Council area taking action to improve their local environment. The deadline for applications is noon on 22nd September 2014. Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said, “This scheme will help volunteers to take practical action in their local communities to improve their local environment, how it is managed and support the growth of civic pride in communities. “By working together and encouraging everyone to take part, we can start to tackle the negative impact of littering and other environmental behaviours and create a cleaner, greener, more prosperous society.” For more information on the ‘Live Here, Love Here’ small grants scheme and to download an application pack please visit the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful website at www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org/liveherelovehere.aspx or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/keepnorthernirelandbeautiful

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