Call for Strangford Lough and Lecale AONB Partnership New Members

Created on: Tuesday, 02 March 2021. Posted in: News

Image credit: George Hawthorn


The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership are seeking new members! Are you committed to conserving and enhancing the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)? Do you represent a local interest group or organisation? Or are you an individual passionate about protecting the AONB? If so, please read on!

The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership is a stakeholder group comprising representatives working to conserve and protect our natural and built...

Compost Webinar

Created on: Monday, 22 February 2021. Posted in: News

Consultation to Improve Walking & Cycling within the District

Created on: Monday, 22 February 2021. Posted in: News

Consultation on an Active Travel Masterplan to Improve Cycling and Walking within the District.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is working with Sustrans to develop an Active Travel Masterplan for the district.
The Council has launched an online public consultation to find out residents’ views on Active Travel in the district.
The Council recognises the need to move to more sustainable low carbon transport, which includes making improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure within the district area. This a 10 year plan so it is important to capture...

Small Woodland Grant Scheme

Created on: Monday, 18 January 2021. Posted in: News

DAERA forestry grants

Almost all woodlands in Northern Ireland are planted with some form of grant assistance. The Forest Service encourages the creation of new woodlands and the management of existing woodlands by providing grant aid towards the cost of the work. Forests for our Future programme aims to plant 18 million trees or 9,000 hectares of new woodland over the next 10 years to help our environment and economy. Grant funding for creating new woodlands will be via the Small Woodland Grant Scheme or the Forest Expansion Scheme.

The Small Woodland Grant...

Environmental Plans, Principles and Governance for Northern Ireland – Public Discussion Document

Created on: Monday, 18 January 2021. Posted in: News

Interested in the Environment? The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) have published a discussion document highlighting 3 specific elements of the UK Government’s Environment Bill, currently making its way through Parliament. They need your help on the future of our environment. They are seeking views on a number of environmental governance issues that arise due to UK withdrawal from the EU. 

See the website here for more information

Closing date 05 February 2021 at 23:59

Dormant Accounts NI

Created on: Monday, 18 January 2021. Posted in: News

A £20.5 million fund from dormant accounts is set to be opened for community groups.

Dormant Accounts Fund NI will support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability.

The Dormant Accounts Fund opened for applications on Tuesday January 12

Funding size: Up to £100,000 for individual organisations

Application deadline: Ongoing

Visit here for more information

A Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland – Public Discussion Document

Created on: Monday, 18 January 2021. Posted in: News

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a Discussion Document in advance of developing the first Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland.  Closing date 15 February 2021 at 17:00


The full press release from DAERA here. Minister Poots said: “Air pollution can have a serious effect on people's health. Research by the British Heart Foundation estimates that hundreds of deaths in Northern Ireland are...


Created on: Thursday, 14 January 2021. Posted in: News

image courtesy of Walk NI website 

Walk NI, an initiative of Outdoor Recreation NI have produced guidelines relating to outdoor recreation activities during lockdown restrictions. Follow the link to their page to learn more.

The government has introduced additional restrictions to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and to help manage the pressures on the...


Created on: Thursday, 14 January 2021. Posted in: News

Jan - 31 March 2021

Funding Opportunity for Fishing Dependent Communities of Ardglass, Kilkeel, Portavogie and surrounding areas.

PLEASE NOTE: There are a number of prerequisites when applying for funding to this programme which must be submitted before or along with a full application.SEA FLAG is taking bookings for one-to-one virtual workshops to provide information and guidance, to include procurement/tender preparation and application form writing.To register or for further information contact the team on:

The Big Garden Bird Watch 2021

Created on: Thursday, 14 January 2021. Posted in: News

The RSPB Northern Ireland annual Big Garden Birdwatch takes place on the last weekend in January (29 – 31 January 2021).

🐦Get involved in the world’s largest wildlife survey from the safety of your own home! The whole family can get involved and enjoy the wonder of wildlife right on your doorstep.

💻Check out the RSPB’s website to register for a free pack today!

Stability and Renewal Funding for Arts and Cultural Organisations in Northern Ireland.

Created on: Friday, 13 November 2020. Posted in: News

A £7.75 million funding pot has been made available to support the arts and cultural sector in Northern Ireland which has been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme aims to stabilise organisations financially to prevent closure and/or to allow continued delivery of outcomes and underpin longer-term changes.

The grants can be used to cover costs such as:

  • Deficits incurred as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • Restoration of reserves where these have been depleted as a result of COVID-19.
  • Costs of artists,...

PEACE IV Project at Portaferry’s Nugent’s Wood Completed

Created on: Friday, 13 November 2020. Posted in: News

L-R: Andrew Upton (National Trust, Countryside Manager), Aaron Devlin (F.P. McCann), Hannah Lambe (AECOM Project Manager), Councillor Trevor Cummings (Mayor of Ards and North Down) and Joanne Brown (PEACE IV Officer). Image: Graham Baalham-Curry

Visitors to the recently reopened Nugent’s Wood in Portaferry can now enjoy an even better experience at the beautiful National Trust site thanks to a cash injection from the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme.

Improvements to the walking trail path and repairs to the existing stone wall have been completed, while...

Strangford and Lecale Rated 7th Best AONB in the UK!

Created on: Friday, 13 November 2020. Posted in: News

In a recent survey carried out by Which?, readers were asked to rate recent visits to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The Isles of Scilly that came top of the table. Four AONBs in the top 10 are in Northern Ireland, with Strangford and Lecale ranking 7th!

Readers rated their experience on the basis of scenery, walks, wildlife, tourist attractions, peace and quiet, and more.Read more: - Which?

Heritage Recovery Fund

Created on: Friday, 13 November 2020. Posted in: News

The Heritage Recovery Fund is part of the £29million which the Department for Communities announced on 24 September to support the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing the £5.5m Heritage Recovery Fund on behalf of Department for Communities to help the sector recover from the pandemic and become more resilient.

Key features

  • £5.5m fund
  • Grants of £3,000 to £250,000 for non-profit or private heritage...

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Created on: Friday, 13 November 2020. Posted in: News

From 25 November 2020 the National Lottery Heritage Fund will resume accepting applications for project grants from £3,000-£10,00 and £10,000-£100,000. They are looking for projects with emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.

Then, beginning 8 February 2021 they will resume accepting applications from £100,000-£250,000 and £205,000-£5m.

They will prioritise projects that:

  • • boost local economy
  • • provide job creation and encourage skills development
  • • support local health and wellbeing
  • • encourage...
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