Challenge Fund Report 29 June 2012
In November 2011 the Minister for the Environment made some money available to enable environmental NGOs in Northern Ireland to carry out projects with practical benefits for the environment. Northern Ireland Environment Link facilitated this pilot exercise. The aims of the pilot were:
· To carry out practical projects fulfilling NIEA’s core aims,
· To determine if funds made available on a very tight timescale could deliver quality projects by the end of the 2011–12 financial year,
· To assess the ability of the eNGO sector to deliver projects to a tight timescale, to constrained budgets and with strong outcomes,
· To determine if such a fund would provide good ‘value for money’, using funds that would otherwise have had to be returned to the Treasury due to end of year constraints,
· To identify the best way to deliver such a programme.
In total £250,000 was made available for the Fund, with 42 projects delivered by 23 different organisations. All completed their work on time and to budget, many leveraging in additional funds and almost all relying heavily on volunteer commitment. A huge range of projects was delivered, providing a variety of environmental outputs as well as many social and economic benefits. The report summarises their achievements. To view the report click on http://www.nienvironmentlink.org/cmsfiles/files/Publications/Challenge-fund-report-25-June.pdf