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Rural Community Awards 2018

Published: Wed, 23 May 2018
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We launched our Rural Community Awards at the 2018 Balmoral Show. Pictured L-R Sinead Collins, Rural & Regeneration Manager, Patricia McQuillan, from our Rural Residents Forum, Robert Clements, Sustainable Development Manager.
Staff at Balmoral Show
Is your village best in show?
We’ve launched our annual Rural Community Awards, with prizes worth £1,000 up for grabs!
With a total prize fund of £6,000 available, community and residential groups in rural areas can apply for three awards; Cleaner and Greener, Rural Community Spirit and Sustainable Village of the Year.
Each of these awards will have two categories, one for villages with a population of less than a 1,000 and one for villages with between 1,000 and 5,000 residents with a prize of £1,000 up for grabs for each category.
The awards, which are now in their fifth year, recognise rural communities that have went the extra mile to make their neighbourhoods a better place to live. This could be by organising a community clean-up, introducing health and well-being initiatives or developing projects that improve community relations.
Sinead Collins, our Rural and Regeneration Manager, explains how the application process works:
“We have made applying for the awards as simple as possible this year. All residential and community groups have to do is complete a short form which can be downloaded from our website.
“To be considered for the Sustainable Village of the Year award, groups must apply for both the Rural Community Spirit and Cleaner and Greener awards. They should also write a 500 word statement that outlines steps that they have taken to shape the future of their village.
“For example, this could be projects that encourage biodiversity, protect local wildlife, create new jobs in the community or help residents lower their carbon footprint.”
Completed forms should be emailed to rural.housing@nihe.gov.uk or sent to Rural and Regeneration, Housing Executive, the Housing Centre, 2 Adelaide Street, Belfast BT2 8PB.
The deadline for submission of applications is Friday 20th July 4pm.