Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme

Small Grants Flyer FinalLive Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme

Closing Date noon, 28 September 2015

Grants are available from £500 to £5,000

Small Grants Scheme Flyer

Small Grants Scheme Application Form 2015

Small Grants FAQ 2015

The Live Here Love Here small grants scheme is open to volunteer groups who would like to complete an environmental or community improvement project in their local area. To learn more please visit  An exciting initiative, it takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of civic pride in our local communities. Launched by Keep Northern Beautiful in association with the Department of the Environment, Tourism Northern Ireland and local councils, the Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects which aim to:

  • Improve the quality of the local environment
  • Enhance the environmental management of a local area
  • Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement

Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon 28th September 2015

Projects must take place within the boundaries of the participating Council areas by groups operating within those Council areas to qualify. If you have any questions please check the frequently asked questions section first or email


Coca-Cola Coast Care Awards – Deadline Extended

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful in association with Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland has launched the Coast Care Awards for the sixth year in Northern Ireland.  These awards are designed to acknowledge the excellent work of individuals and groups working throughout the year in the Coast Care Programme, so if you work with or know of a group that deserves an award for the work carried out on a coastal or inland waterway project. Or if there is an individual who you think is so inspiring they deserve to be recognised for their contribution to protecting the Northern Ireland coastline or waterways then you could be in line for a prestigious Coca-Cola Coast Care Award.

To enter please visit

Coca-Cola Community Grants Scheme Application Form 2015

Coast Care Photography Award 2015

Coast Care Awards Entry Form 2015

Group Awards

  • Coca-Cola Coast Care Group
  • Coca-Cola Inland Waterway Group
  • Brighter Futures
  • Better Business Partnership
  • Community Contribution to Tourism (Tourism Northern Ireland)

Individual Awards

  • Youth in Action
  • Local Hero
  • Picture Perfect (Tourism Northern Ireland)

All award winners will receive a commemorative award in recognition of their efforts plus a framed certificate.  Individual winners (including photography) will receive £100 worth of equipment of their choice and Group award winners will receive £200 worth of equipment of their choice.

I have attached a copy of the application form and I would ask that you please e-mail your completed entry to Before 5pm on Monday 28th September 2015.

Live Here Love Here Coca-Cola Community Grant Scheme – Deadline Extended

To celebrate the continued success of these awards we are delighted to announce the introduction of the Live Here Love Here Coca-Cola Community Grant Scheme, which will provide funding of up to £1,000 to community and voluntary groups involved in coastal or inland waterway projects that demonstrate a benefit to the local environment or wider community. This forms part of the wider Live Here Love Here programme, aimed at promoting civic pride within communities and improving environmental quality. We welcome applications from all active Coast Care or Inland Waterway groups, to learn more please visit

The Live Here Love Here Coca-Cola Community Grant Scheme is open to all active Coast Care or Inland Waterway Groups throughout ALL of Northern Ireland

I have attached a copy of the application form and I would ask that you please e-mail your completed entry to before 5pm on Monday 28th September 2015.

Coast Care Photography Awards – Deadline Extended

Time to enter the 2015 Coast Care Photography Awards!

Have you taken an amazing photograph that you think celebrates Northern Ireland’s beautiful coastal or inland waterway landscape? If so, then why not enter the 2015 Live Here Love Here, Coca–Cola and Tourism Northern Ireland Coast Care Awards Photography Competition? We are looking for that one image which highlights the fun and colourful beauty of Northern Ireland’s coastline or inland waterways. Images can be taken on a camera or mobile device.

The winner will receive a commemorative award in recognition of their efforts plus a framed certificate and £100 worth of equipment of their choice. Please e-mail your image and a brief description to Before 5pm on Monday 28th September 2015

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful is the new name for the charity TIDY Northern Ireland.

Mayor gets taster for Larne Loves Food weekend

Larne Loves Food 25th and 26th September 2015Larne Market Yard is about to be bursting with flavours as local food producers, chefs and retailers participate in Mid and East Antrim Borough’s Larne Loves Food event.

The Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe, is pictured as he joined Helen Porter from Ann’s Pantry – who is also Vice Chairperson of Larne Town Centre Partnership – and Ignatious McAlonan from Carriages Bistro, to launch what is one of the Borough’s ‘tastiest events’ – Larne Loves Food

Larne Loves Food will take place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September and brings together food producers, chefs, cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels, shops and market stallholders to highlight everything that is great about locally produced food. Whether grown, baked, cooked or sold for preparation at home, it will be on offer and the local shops will join in as well – as a related town-wide ‘shop window’ for all things food-related, such as cooking appliances, dining furniture, tableware or even recipe books.

Have a break at the fabulous renovated historic Market Yard on Station Road and watch local chefs share their techniques and tips in a series of demonstrations during the day: “You will be able to taste and try whatever they have prepared.”

The event seeks to encourage local food producers, chefs and retailers to participate through their own offers, menus and promotions.

Some of the cafes and restaurants will have special dishes available, shops may have special offers on food related items such as dining furniture, kitchen equipment or crockery, pubs and bars will add live music to their evening activities.

There will also be plenty of food and craft stalls for visitors to buy great local produce – jams, chutneys, breads, freshly cooked French crepes, pottery, jewellery, crafts and lots more. 

Face painters and balloon modellers will be entertaining younger ‘foodies’ and there will also be live music. A range of refreshments will be available to purchase and sample during the event.

Larne Town Hall European Heritage open Day 12 September 2015

poster for European Heritage Open Day
European Heritage Open Day

Historic Larne Town Hall features in European Heritage Open Days

As part of the 2015 European Heritage Open Days (EHOD), Larne Town Hall is opening its doors to the public next weekend. The Victorian building in Upper Cross Street will be open for everyone to call in and visit on Saturday 12 September between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Larne’s McGarel Town Hall is a high Victorian Gothic building with a clock tower. It is listed as a grade B+ building due to its architectural merit and individual design. Charles McGarel – a highly successful sugar trader from Larne – proposed a lasting legacy, the McGarel Town Hall. BStained Glass Windowuilding work commenced in 1869 and the completed building was officially handed over to community trustees in August 1870 at a celebratory banquet attended by 150 guests. It was extensively refurbished by Larne Borough Council in 2012 and is now managed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for all the people of the Borough. The building provides two large public rooms, The McGarel Hall and the Wilson Room as well as the Mayor’s Parlour; all these facilities will be open to view and information about the history and refurbishment of the building will be provided.

There is no need to book and there will be light refreshments available for visitors.