The National Lottery Community Fund launch Sustainable Community Buildings Fund

We open applications for different council areas at different times during 2024 and 2025. This is to make sure that we offer a fair and even spread of funding across Northern Ireland. It also helps us manage demand.

We’ll be open for applications from Wednesday 7 February to Wednesday 20 March 2024 for organisations with community buildings in:

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Mid Ulster District Council, Ards and North Down Borough Council or Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

We’ll be open for applications from Wednesday 11 September to Wednesday 23 October 2024 for:

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council or Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

We’ll be open for applications from Wednesday 8 January to Wednesday 19 February 2025 for:

Belfast City Council, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council or Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

This funding is to help your organisation to:

  • understand how to reduce your carbon footprint – by attending carbon literacy training
  • create an environment plan for your organisation with the help of our experts in sustainability – to see where you could save energy
  • improve the environmental performance of your building – for example, we could offer funding so that you can add solar panels, improve insulation or install energy-efficient lighting
  • share the benefits of becoming more environmentally sustainable with your community
  • monitor, measure and report on the impact of your funding – for example, track what difference the improvements have made to carbon emissions, energy savings, community engagement and behaviour change
  • ultimately reduce your carbon footprint and energy bills.

This funding is part of our new strategy. One of our aims is to support communities to be environmentally sustainable.

Area: Northern Ireland

Suitable for: Voluntary or community organisations (with an annual income of less than £500,000)

Funding size: Up to £50,000 (capital funding only)

Application deadline: Check the deadline for your council area

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