Groundwork NI: Alpha Programme

Since its inception in 2007, the Alpha Programme has distributed over £5 million of Landfill Communities Fund funding to over 140 community and biodiversity projects, helping communities bring their plans for positive change to reality.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to fund projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging bio-diversity and environmental improvements.

Scheme details

The Alpha Programme, administered by Groundwork NI, distributes Landfill Tax Credits generated from the Mullaghglass Landfill site just outside Lisburn.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to fund projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging bio-diversity and environmental improvements.

Funding is available under two grants strands during 2019:

  • Alpha Main Grants Programme (£10k to £50k)

  • Alpha Small Grants Programme (£3k to £10k)

The Small Grants Programme was introduced in 2017. This initiative is designed to support smaller community amenity and biodiversity projects, with between £3k and £10k available. It recognises that in many cases a relatively small amount of capital funding, allied to local commitment and enthusiasm, can make a significant difference to communities and the environment.

The Main Grants Programme remains, with between £10k and £50k available under this strand. However applicants must now be able to reimburse Alpha Resource Management for 10% of any grant awarded. This reflects the element of the Landfill Communities Fund funding which is not a tax rebate.

Another key change in 2017 is the extension of the eligible project location radius from 10 miles to 15 miles from Mullaghglass landfill site. This brings places such as Antrim, Lurgan, Ballynahinch and Comber into the area eligible to receive funding.

 

Prior to submitting an application, all potential applicants are advised to contact Richard Rogers, Groundwork NI at alphaprogramme@groundworkni.co.uk  to discuss their proposal and to confirm its eligibility.

How to apply

Applications are considered by the Alpha Programme Steering Committee on a quarterly basis.

Application forms and a map showing the eligible project area are available from https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/northernireland/pages/the-alpha-programme-ni

The next application deadline is 12 noon, Friday  12 Apr 2019