Muir opens £3million Peatland Challenge Fund Competition

A new £3million fund to help protect our peatlands has been launched by Environment Minister Andrew Muir

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Councils and voluntary organisations can now apply for the Peatland Challenge Fund Competition which will offer a minimum grant of £50,000 for projects that will protect and improve habitats and the quality of our water.

This Peatland Challenge Fund forms part of the Cross-Border Peatlands Restoration Project announced in 2022. Through this project, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is partnering with the National Parks and Wildlife Service of Ireland (Wild Atlantic Nature LIFE project) and NatureScot to benefit cross-border collaboration, knowledge-sharing and expertise building in peatland restoration across Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland.

Launching the opening of the competition, Minister Muir said: “Our peatlands are of enormous importance to our environment, affecting our water quality, conserving biodiversity and in mitigating climate change by storing carbon, so I am delighted to announce the opening of this £3million competition fund. It provides a great opportunity to support local not-for-profit organisations and councils to help improve the conditions of our peatlands, many of which are sadly in poor condition.

“This funding will support the restoration of our peatlands whilst helping to restore our environment to a condition that is healthy and will meet our biodiversity targets and our Net Zero contribution. So if you are an eligible organisation with a strong passion to help our environment, I would encourage you to apply now to this new competitive funding scheme.”

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