Minister Mark H Durkan has committed £1.3million from carrier bay levy receipts to the Challenge Fund 2015 in support of local community environmental projects
The Challenge Fund enables communities and organisation across the Northern to undertake new and inspiring local projects.
Calling for people to take up this years’ challenge, Mark H Durkan said: “The fantastic response from shoppers and retailers to the carrier bag levy has led to a massive 72 per cent decrease in ‘single use’ carrier bags and I am determined that the monies raised through the levy goes back to the community. The community pays the levy and I am ensuring that the community gets the benefit of it. I see this as the ‘People’s Fund’.
“Applications for assistance from this years’ Fund close on Friday October 3 and I would urge local groups and organisations not to miss the deadline. Get inspired, be it developing community gardens, removing invasive species, or restoring local habitats or community renewable energy schemes, to name but a few. I would urge groups across the north to continue to undertake projects that benefit their local environment and communities.”