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Minister Durkan launches Challenge Fund

Published: Mon, 1 Jun 2015
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The Challenge Fund
£300,000 for Community Led Projects
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today launched a £300,000 funding boost for local community projects. The 2015-16 Challenge fund is now open for applications from community groups and schools from across the North.
There are 2 categories:
  • Community action
  • Environmental Education
The announcement follows the recent launch of the Natural Environment Fund, which seeks to support environmental NGOs in tackling NI’s most acute environmental priorities.
Community Action projects which directly engage communities in improving their own environment may be eligible for up to £8000 grant aid. Applications must be returned by 26 June 2015. Environmental Education projects may be eligible for up to £4000 grant aid. These applications must be returned by 25
September 2015. If you have any queries please contact the team at
For full conditions and information on how to apply please refer to the guidance documents below:
Application Form - Please return via email