A total of 33 community groups will receive a share of £211,000 for environmental projects.
The cash comes from the Challenge Fund launched by Ireland’s Department of the Environment (DOE).
Some of the projects include transformation of waste ground into an area of allotments and vegetable gardens and raising awareness around recycling.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “It is heart warming to see so many people in our community coming together to produce innovative schemes to enhance their local environment”
Funding is still available for schools to develop environmental projects until 25th September.
Mr Durkan added: “It is important that young people in particular have the chance to see their creative ideas for enhancing our environment become reality.
“I encourage schools to get their entries in if they haven’t already done so.”