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Our Bolder Vision for Belfast identifies the importance of transforming critical parts of Belfast to create a safer, greener and more accessible city. Recently we carried out an expression of interest to gauge interest from Belfast businesses, social enterprises, charities and schools in a fund to support green projects in the city centre.
We invited project proposals for the city centre that will introduce trees, plants, vegetation and flowers and encourage biodiversity.
The fund will make Belfast city centre more attractive with structures allowing vegetation to spread over building facades or exterior walls, or introducing trees, plants, vegetation and flowers to vacant and derelict city centre sites.
Projects must be completed by 31 March 2023.
If a project is awarded a grant, the applicant will be responsible for regular maintenance of the greening infrastructure and ongoing capital costs after the project is complete.
We invited proposals from Belfast-based small to medium sized enterprises, social enterprises, charities, community groups and schools for projects which will make the city centre greener.
This included using vacant or derelict sites temporarily, introducing vertical planting on building walls and structures and other large scale ideas to plant vegetation and encourage biodiversity in the city centre.
We asked applicants to provide details on where projects will be located, the benefits the proposed project will achieve and how the project will align with these criteria:
The closing date for returning an expression of interest was 4pm on Monday 12 December 2022.
Depending on the value of proposals, we anticipate the fund will support the development of greening in up to 10 city centre locations. We will award grants to projects that most closely align to the scheme’s criteria and objectives.