One million pounds has been raised to date by the carrier bag levy – which was introduced to Northern Ireland on April 8 this year – Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has revealed.
The SDLP minister said the funds raised will be used to transform the environmental Challenge Fund scheme which provides vital funding for communities and organisations to develop a number of new local environmental projects across Northern Ireland.
“Last year’s Challenge Fund was a very successful programme,” he said. “The innovative ideas of the 56 environmental projects which received a share of the £360,000 funding produced remarkable results for the environment.
“The best way to celebrate success is to build on it and for that reason I have allocated a significant portion of the proceeds from the carrier bag levy to deliver a much enhanced, bigger and wider reaching Challenge Fund than last year.”
Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from NIEL’s website at www.nienvironmentlink.org