Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister has announced £400,000 of funding raised from the plastic bag charge will go towards local environment projects.
Michelle McIlveen said non-profit organisations can apply to receive part of the Challenge Fund in order to finance green projects and boost civic pride.
Ms McIlveen said: “The Challenge Fund is one of a number of mechanisms by which the proceeds of the carrier bag levy are reinvested in the environment. This funding of £400,000, with potentially further support later in the year, will enable local communities, schools and voluntary organisations to undertake small-scale projects to improve the environment and deliver environmental education.”
She added it could be used to tidy and renovate shared public spaces or be given to schools to provide learning opportunities where children and young people can engage with nature.
So far, more than £4.6million from the Challenge Fund has enabled almost 600 environmental projects to be carried out.