Belfast Harbour Community Awards Launch with Increased Funding Pot for 2022

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Belfast Harbour has opened applications for the 2022 Belfast Harbour Community Awards, with £75,000 of support available for grass-roots organisations across Northern Ireland.

Following two successful funding rounds last year which provided £50,000 to projects across the region, 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.

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.

Allison Dowling, Communications and Marketing Director at Belfast Harbour said,

“2022 marks the 175th anniversary of Belfast Harbour Commission, and as we celebrate this milestone year, we are delighted to open Belfast Harbour Community Awards for applications. Building on the positive impact of last year’s programme, we have increased the value of the individual grants available to £5,000, with a total of £75,000 of funding available this year.

“Through previous funding rounds, we are proud to have supported the work of a rich variety of grassroots organisations and charities operating across Northern Ireland, in the delivery of more than 25 innovative community projects.  These include mental health initiatives, sports programmes, programmes tackling anti-social behaviour, LGBTQ+ community activities, and a range of environmental projects. 

“As we invest in our Port and Estate and develop Belfast Harbour as a gateway for opportunity for all, our Community Awards are supporting grassroots communities and significant causes.  We welcome applications from all eligible groups, and the guidelines and application criteria can be found at https://www.belfast-harbour.co.uk/corporate/community-awards-fund.