01/06/2015

Environment Minister Launches Funding For Community Projects

The Environment Minister has launched a cash injection for local community projects in Northern Ireland.

The £300,000 boost will be provided to the 2015-2016 Challenge Fund in two categories; Community Action and Environmental Action.

A maximum of £8,000 is available per community group and £4,000 per school.

The announcement follows the recent launch of the Natural Environment Fund.
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Environment Minister Mark Durkan launched the scheme at the 'Scrapheap Community Challenge' project site in Ballymoney.

The site was the recipient of the Challenge Fund last year and is led by the charity Compass Advocacy Network.

Minister Durkan said: "This is a great opportunity to support the tireless legions of grass roots organisations and schools who are passionate about improving their own environment. I have seen at first hand the value of the work carried out by these groups."

The fund is now open for applications.

(LM)

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