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Poots launches £1.9million Fisheries Grants support scheme

Created on: Monday, 11 October 2021. Posted in: News

Darren McClements, shows DAERA Minister Edwin Poots a fresh catch of prawns. Thanks to funding from the Department as part of a pilot scheme, Darren has purchased innovative on-board equipment for handling his catch on his boat named 'The Golden Ray'.

 

Fisheries Minister Edwin Poots MLA has today launched a grants support scheme for local fishing businesses worth £1.9million.

The Maritime and Fisheries Fund for Northern Ireland replaces the now fully-committed European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.  Financial support totalling £1.9million for fishing...

Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme

Created on: Monday, 11 October 2021. Posted in: News

Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA has today announced that a new £750k tranche of the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme (RMCGS) will open for applications on Friday 1 October 2021.

The key aim of RMCGS 2021 is to provide small capital grants of between £200 and £1,500 to rural community-led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and/or social isolation.  The Scheme is funded from DAERA’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme.

Minister Poots has visited Maguiresbridge in County Fermanagh to see for...

POOTS LAUNCHES NI’S FIRST EVER SCHEME TO PROTECT OUR POLLINATORS

Created on: Wednesday, 06 October 2021. Posted in: News

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS

27 September 2021

Poots launches NI’s first ever scheme to protect our pollinators

Environment Minister Edwin Poots has launched Northern Ireland’s first ever Rural Community Pollinator Scheme to improve the health of our bees and pollinators and help protect our eco-systems.

Environment Minister Edwin Poots with Jilly Dougan from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful launch Northern Ireland’s first ever...

SEAFLAG OPEN CALL FOR FUNDING APPLICATIONS

Created on: Friday, 10 September 2021. Posted in: News

£££ FUNDING AVAILABLE of up to £125k for fishing communities!

CLOSING DATE 8 OCTOBER @ 5PM

For more information contact the SEA FLAG Team on:

📞: 0330 137 4051

📧: sea@nmandd.org

ℹ️: www.seaflag.co.uk

Consultation launched to strengthen the enforcement of safety laws for recreational and personal watercraft.

Created on: Friday, 10 September 2021. Posted in: News

  • consultation launched to protect public and local wildlife from dangerous driving
  • personal and recreational watercraft – including jet skis – will fall under same laws as ships
  • tougher sentences for anyone in breach of safety laws

The Department for Transport on 6 September 2021 published a consultation to modernise laws and clamp down on dangerous driving of jet skis to protect the public...

Consultation on the Draft 3rd Cycle River Basin Management Plan 2021 to 2027

Created on: Thursday, 09 September 2021. Posted in: News

Summary

Northern Ireland’s water resources are managed and protected using a catchment based approach which includes rivers, lakes and groundwater as well as coastal and transitional water bodies. The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 requires the production and implementation of a River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) in six yearly cycles. The River Basin Management Plan takes an integrated approach, identifying those water bodies which can be classified as being at ‘good or better’ status. It also sets the objectives and a...

Newry Mourne and Down Parks and Beach Survey

Created on: Thursday, 09 September 2021. Posted in: News

Newry Mourne and Down District Council is inviting views on the main parks and beaches across the district.  Your feedback will help the Council to understand visitor satisfaction levels with its parks and beaches and identify key areas for improvement in the future.

The survey will be open until Sunday 3 October 2021

https://www.newrymournedown.org/media/uploads/newry_mourne_and_down_district_council_parks_and_beach_survey_2021.pdf

Volunteering for fun at Portico

Created on: Thursday, 09 September 2021. Posted in: News

The Portico of Ards in Portaferry, a member of the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership, is well known for delivering a fantastic range of concerts and has become a big draw for tourists as well as locals, but did you know it's run almost exclusively by volunteers? The charity that runs Portico has just one employee who manages a team of dozens of local people and it is these volunteers that come together to bring arts and music events to the Ards peninsula.

After 18 months of being forced to close due to the Covid restrictions, the Portico of Ards in Portaferry has finally...

THE KFC FOUNDATION COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAMME

Created on: Thursday, 09 September 2021. Posted in: News

KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme Opens for Applications

The Community Grants Programme will provide support for charities, clubs and community groups who seek to address the needs of socially disadvantaged young people and help them unlock their talent, build life skills, and help them create a positive future.

Grants of between £200 and £2,000 are available for projects which:

  • Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
  • Support those in a position of social disadvantage, such as experiencing homelessness, young carers,...

Invest Northern Ireland Collaborative Growth Programme

Created on: Thursday, 09 September 2021. Posted in: News

Invest Northern Ireland Collaborative Growth Programme

Funding is available for Northern Ireland based business-led networks requiring facilitation support to scope out innovative collaborative projects with the potential to increase business competitiveness.

The programme is offering 100% funding up to £25,000.

Small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Northern Ireland may apply.

Networks wishing to make an application must consist of a minimum of four Northern Ireland SMEs. At least one of the participating companies must be an Invest...

Trees on the Land

Created on: Thursday, 09 September 2021. Posted in: News

Applications for trees are now open.
 

We're delighted to announce that applications for trees are now open for the Winter 2021-2022 planting project.

This update includes a quick summary of the project and tree packs for this winter planting.  For more detailed information follow the link towards the bottom of the update which will take you to the website and tree pack applications. 
 

Tree Pack Schemes:

Tree Packs: From 1 - 250 trees - open to all...

International Tree Foundation Accepting Applications for 2021 Planting Season

Created on: Tuesday, 31 August 2021. Posted in: News

 


News Alert
31 August 2021

International Tree Foundation Accepting Applications for 2021 Planting Season

The Foundation offers grants to support the conservation, restoration and protection of the UK’s indigenous trees, woodlands, and forests, whilst promoting grassroots community engagement with tree planting and raising communal awareness of the importance of trees and forests to both the environment and human...

Jet Ski (Personal Watercraft) Trailer Marking Event - Ballykinlar 21st August

Created on: Tuesday, 10 August 2021. Posted in: News

Ballykinlar GAC, Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership and stakeholders will be holding a trailer marking event on Saturday 21st Aug from 10am – 1pm at Ballykinlar GAC club grounds.

This is an opportunity to have your trailer security marked by for FREE, and sign up to other local initiatives like Text Alert. Trailers can be an easy target for thieves, quick and easy to steal and not easily identified. By security marking your trailer, this makes them less attractive to thieves and increases the chances of them being recovered and returned to you should they be stolen.

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Jet Ski (Personal Watercraft) Trailer Marking Event

Created on: Tuesday, 10 August 2021. Posted in: News

Ards and North Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), the PSNI, Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership and Stakeholders will be holding a trailer marking event on Saturday 14th Aug from 10am – 1pm at Millisle Beach Car Park, Main St, Millisle, BT22 2HS.

This is an opportunity to have your trailer marked by Police at no cost, and sign up to other local initiatives like Text Alert. Trailers can be an easy target for thieves, quick and easy to steal and not easily identified. By security marking your trailer, this makes them less attractive to thieves; identifying...

DAERA Warn public not to disturb wildlife

Created on: Thursday, 29 July 2021. Posted in: News

In recent weeks visitors to the coast have enjoyed the special experience of observing marine wildlife including Harbour porpoises, dolphins, Minke whales and a Thresher shark off Rathlin Island.
However there have been a number of complaints about jet skis causing disturbance to marine wildlife. All species of whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively termed ‘cetaceans’) are fully protected by law from disturbance, capture, injury or killing*. This means that insensitive boat handling or jet ski use that leads to disturbance or injury of protected species may lead to...

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