Funding available for community

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Local community groups in Ballymoney are now able to apply for up to £4,000 funding for exciting and imaginative projects using wild flowers and wild flower themes to bring communities together and transform local spaces.

The funding is available through the UK-wide wild flower project Grow Wild, which is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and already supports a number of community initiatives across Northern Ireland.

Over the past couple of years dozens of groups have been awarded funding of between £1,000 and £4,000 to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing, growing and enjoying native wild flowers. These projects are now strengthening social bonds, raising awareness of wild flowers and also improving our natural surroundings.

Ideas are now being welcomed for Grow Wild’s 2016 community projects, with applications closing on December 1st.

Stéphanie Baine, NI Manager for Grow Wild, said: “If you are a youth or community group with a vision to bring your community together and brighten your local area with wild flowers or even bring wild flowers into people’s lives then we would love to hear from you.

We can’t wait to get started and urge local people to get involved as much as possible.”

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI director, said: “The Big Lottery Fund are pleased to support Grow Wild, which is helping people across Northern Ireland to make the changes they want in their communities.”

For more information about community projects or the wider Grow Wild campaign, please visit the website at www.growwilduk.com