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Island Space @ COP26

Monday 1st November
Online
Free

Carbon Literacy for Small Businesses– Top Management NI

Monday 1st November
Online
Free

Attitudes to planetary stewardship and transformation among G20 countries

Monday 1st November
Queen’s University Belfast – Canada Room and Council Chamber
Free

Smart Energy Conference 2021

Tuesday 2nd November
ICC Belfast
See website for details

Belfast Festival of the Circular Economy / Re(ACT)

Tuesday 2nd November
Multiple events online & in–person
Free

The Power of Water Report Launch

Wednesday 3rd November
Online

Mapping the Just Transition in Northern Ireland

Wednesday 3rd November
Queen’s University Belfast – Canada Room and Council Chamber
Free

A local solution to a global problem: community wealth building and climate

Wednesday 3rd November
QUB– Peter Froggatt Centre 0G.007
Free

Universities in the face of a planetary crisis

Thursday 4th November
Queen’s University Belfast – Canada Room and Council Chamber
Free

Heritage: How To? Phase One Launch

Thursday 4th November
Online
Free

BTO Northern Ireland Birdwatchers’ Conference 2021

Friday 5th November
Online
£5 for both days

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Webinar on the Rights of Nature

Sunday 7th November
Online
Free

Economic and other Benefits of Local Climate Action

Monday 8th November
Queen’s University Belfast – Canada Room
Free

Young Trustees Movement Champion Training

Tuesday 9th November
Online
Free

Local Citizen Climate Action

Tuesday 9th November
Queen’s University Belfast – Canada Room and Council Chamber
Free

National Air Quality News Conference

Wednesday 10th November
Lords Cricket Ground, London
Tickets from £150–£395

The climate crisis and ensuring a just transition beyond carbon

Wednesday 10th November
QUB– Peter Froggatt Centre 0G.007
Free

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IoD NI & NIE Networks: Green Recovery Forum – How local SMEs are responding to the Climate Change Emergency

Wednesday 17th November
Crowne Plaza Belfast, Belfast
Free– members only

The Rural Communities Conference 2021: Working in Partnership to Improve Local Services

Wednesday 17th November
Online
See website for details

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The National Sustainability Summit

Tuesday 23rd November
RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
Free

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European Business & Nature Summit 2021

Tuesday 30th November
Online

    
 

Rural Micro Capital Grant 7 October 2021

Poots announces new £750k investment in Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme

 

Image via DAERA

Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA has today announced that a new £750k tranche of the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme (RMCGS) will open for applications on Friday 1 October 2021.

The key aim of RMCGS 2021 is to provide small capital grants of between £200 and £1,500 to rural community–led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and/or social isolation.  The Scheme is funded from DAERA’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme.

Minister Poots has visited Maguiresbridge in County Fermanagh to see for himself the benefits of this small capital grant to the Maguiresbridge District L.O.L. No.14 Pitch Development and Management Committee. The Minister said: “The Micro Capital Grant Scheme has been one of the success stories of recent years and I am very pleased to announce it reopens on Friday 1 October 2021. It has made a considerable difference to rural communities across Northern Ireland and is an extremely good–fit with our TRPSI programme.”

The Minister continued: “Last year, 628 projects were awarded almost £800k benefitting an estimated 132,000 rural dwellers to improve infrastructure to address a locally identified poverty or social isolation issue. The 2021 programme will again focus on the three key themes identified as contributory factors to poverty and social isolation; Modernisation (of existing premises / assets); Information and Communications Technology, and Improvements to health and wellbeing. Also, in the context of COVID–19 recovery, support will be available to assist groups to reopen and recover.”

In concluding the Minister noted: “I urge local community / voluntary groups to consider the Scheme and make an application to address the need they identify. For further information about the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2021, please contact your local Rural Support Network for your council area.”

Barrett Rennick of Maguiresbridge District L.O.L. No.14 Pitch Development and Management Committee added: “The RMCGS has provided funding for equipment to enable our Committee to maintain our facilities which contribute to the wellbeing and health of the local Maguiresbridge community, helping to alleviate community tension and reducing social isolation. I would encourage any rural community voluntary group to apply to the Scheme. The support provided through the Rural Support Network makes the process straightforward and I’d encourage any group thinking of applying to make sure to contact their local RSN.”

Read full article here.