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Mar 2019 right left


Pond & Woodland Management

Sunday 3rd March
Rea’s Wood Antrim


UN Sustainable Development Goals roundtable discussion: How can the SDGs support voluntary and community organisations’ work?

Thursday 7th March
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
Free to NICVA members


Butterfly Conservation NI winter work party – Lagan Meadows

Saturday 9th March
Lagan Meadows, Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast


Unpacking the Consultations: Extended producer responsibility for packaging, deposit return and plastics non–recycled–content tax

Tuesday 12th March
Belfast Metropolitan College, Titantic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9DT

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Conference 2019

Tuesday 12th March
The Guildhall, Shipquay Place, Derry~Londonderry
See website for details


Energy Efficiency in Action – Policy and Practice

Thursday 14th March
The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry BT48 6DQ

Participatory Budgeting Works – What PB can do for Community Planning

Thursday 14th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Conference Centre, Craigavon BT66 6NJ


Climate Change and the Historic Environment: A view from Scotland

Wednesday 20th March
Old Museum Building, 7 College Square North, Belfast BT1 6AR
£10.00 – £15.00

CEDaR Recorders Days – Limavady

Wednesday 20th March
Magilligan Field Centre, Limavady

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, RSPB Portmore Lough)

Thursday 21st March
RSPB Portmore Lough Nature Reserve, George’s Island Rd, Gawley’s Gate, Aghalee, Co. Antrim BT67 0DW
See website for details

BITC Charity Learning Network

Thursday 21st March
Arthur Cox, Victoria House, 15–17 Gloucester St, Belfast
£295 + VAT


Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) Field Skills Training Workshop

Saturday 23rd March
Tollymore Outdoor Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast – Fencing

Sunday 24th March
Knockbracken Alltoments

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, WWT Castle Espie)

Sunday 24th March
WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Co. Down BT23 6EA
See website for details

Nature Friendly Farmers’ Market

Monday 25th March
The Long Gallery, Stormont

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Marble Arch Caves, Enniskillen)

Tuesday 26th March
Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, 43 Marlbank Road Legnabrocky, Florencecourt, Enniskillen , Co. Fermanagh BT92 1EW
See website for details


Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Oxford Island, Lough Neagh)

Saturday 30th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island Nature Reserve, Annaloiste Road, Lurgan, Craigavon, Co. Armagh BT66 6NJ
See website for details


Environment Fund 2019–2022 open 11 June 2018


The DAERA Environment Fund (EF) Strategic Strand is now open for
Pre–Applications from eligible applicants

DAERA administers the Environment Fund (EF) to support STRATEGIC projects in Northern Ireland contributing to 4 Environmental Impact Priority areas:

  • National, EU and International commitments and draft Programme for Government (Tiered)
  • Evidence and Coordination actions
  • Outdoor Recreation actions
  • Northern Ireland wide projects/strategic environmental engagement

The overarching Eligibility Criteria is: A single grant application may be submitted by not for profit organisations or councils which will deliver measurable key environmental outcomes at a Northern Ireland wide scale, sub–regional scale, river catchment scale, on or related to a designated site, or on EMFG owned/managed natural environment sites. Applicants can also receive funding as a partner helping to deliver specific outcomes identified in another organisation’s application. 

If you are seeking funding under the Strategic Strand from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022, with possible extension for one year you must submit a completed Pre–Application Form by the closing date.

Closing date for pre–application submission:

4pm Monday 23 JULY 2018

Any offers issued will initially be for funding provision for 2019–20. Funding for subsequent years will be dependent on a number of considerations including:

  • Decisions made on future Budget allocations to departments;
  • Successful delivery in 2019–20;
  • Any changes in priorities for delivery identified by the Northern Ireland Executive, Assembly and the Department.

An overview of the programme and the Pre–Application form is available from the DAERA grants website:

Information Meeting:

Friday 15 June 10am: Crawfordsburn Country Park Visitor Centre

Potential applicants to the Environment Fund Strategic Strand are invited to attend (a single representative for an organisation) and should confirm attendance by 4pm Wednesday 13 June by email to

The Environment Fund is always oversubscribed and the budget is limited. This should be recognised when you are applying for this funding. It is unlikely that organisations will receive more funding than they received previously under DAERA funding in 2018–19. Successful projects will be those which, alongside existing and other proposed activity, will most effectively help to achieve the priorities we have identified.

We strongly recommend that you discuss your project proposal with a member of DAERA staff prior to submitting a Pre–Application Form. Contact details can be provided by DAERA Environment Fund staff who can be contacted by email on or on 028 9056 9610.


The room at Crawfordsburn will be available from 1pm after the formal meeting if you wish to meet with other organisations or DAERA staff in attendance to discuss potential projects, priorities and partnerships. The café will be open.