As Belfast Harbour continues to play a vital role within communities here in Belfast, and the surrounding areas, we want to help the organisations and charities which make a positive impact in their own communities.
Belfast Harbour has opened applications for the 2022 Belfast Harbour Community Awards, with an increased pot of £75,000 available for grass-roots organisations across Northern Ireland.
Launched in Spring 2021, the Belfast Harbour Community Awards are part of Belfast Harbour’s ongoing commitment to being a socially responsible port, and building partnerships with organisations which support communities, the environment and the development of employability and skills.
In 2021, £50,000 was awarded to grass-roots community organisations and charities for a wide range of initiatives, including mental health and wellbeing programmes, community events and sports programmes to promote diversity and inclusion, and community garden projects.
Following two successful funding rounds last year, this year’s programme provides the opportunity for eligible community organisations, not for profit groups, and charities registered in Northern Ireland to apply for individual grants of up to £5,000.
Many of the successful recipients in 2021 utilised their grants to bring people back together and unite local communities throughout the summer, while others invested in the biodiversity of their areas, and teaching young people the importance of sustainability.
Margaret Murray, Green Club Coordinator at Lámh Dhearg CLG, explains how the Belfast Harbour Community Awards Fund supported the local sports club:
“The Awards Fund has allowed us to invest in the Green Clubs initiative at Lámh Dhearg, which protects and promotes biodiversity in the area, and connects people in the local community with their environment.
“I would encourage other local clubs and community groups to apply for the Awards Fund, especially at a time of year when smaller organisations are especially grateful for extra support.
“The process is quick and simple, and Belfast Harbour offer valued support to successful applicants.”
Your organisation could be eligible if it makes a positive impact in your local community in one of the following ways;
Supporting Employability and Skills – creating a healthy sustainable workforce, both for now and the future
Supporting our Environment – supporting a sustainable environment for current and future generation
Supporting Communities – identifying and tackling social issues key to the sustainability of local communities
Full eligibility criteria, as well as further information about applying for the Awards are included in the Guidelines document below.
Applications for this round of the 2022 Awards are accepted from 21st March to 22nd April 2022.