Belfast Harbour has opened applications for its 2023 Community Awards with a total of £80,000 funding available to support charities and grassroots organisations.

Grants of up to £5,000 will be available for charities, volunteering organisations and community groups delivering activity positively impacting the environment, education and skills and bringing the community together.

Launched in 2021, the Belfast Harbour Community Awards opens twice a year for applications and this year each round will award a total of £40,000.

With the charity and community sectors under pressure Belfast Harbour is committed to strengthening its partnerships with local communities and building long-term relationships with the beneficiaries of grants awarded through the initiatives.

This activity is a focal point of Belfast Harbour’s ongoing commitment to being a socially responsible port, and supporting local communities, the environment and the development of employability and skills across the region.

Encouraging applications, Allison Dowling, Communications and Marketing Director at Belfast Harbour said:

“Since launching our Community Awards Fund in 2021, we are proud to have provided more than £130,000 in support to over 50 local grassroots organisations and charities.  

“The Awards have supported a diverse range of organisations and causes to date, supporting youth programmes and sports clubs, mental health and wellbeing initiatives, vulnerable adult support groups and a wide number of minority community groups. As we open this year’s Awards Fund for applications, we look forward to continuing to provide a gateway to opportunity for communities across the City and wider region.”