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Power NI sheds new light on community funding

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Power NI is bringing a new energy to communities and groups throughout Northern Ireland with the launch of its brand-new local funding initiative, Brighter Communities.

Northern Ireland’s leading energy supplier is making £1000 available each month to community groups and individuals to help people implement innovative and creative projects which will change and improve their local community for the better.

Launching in April, Brighter Communities will roll out monthly over a 12-month period and initial applications for April should be received by 30th April and the initial winning submission, will be revealed by 4th May. The Power NI Brighter Communities programme is seeking applications from small or large community, sporting, charity, youth and all age groups who can propose a tangible project, activity or item which can be realised or executed once the funds have been received and within an 8-week timescale. Each month the winning group or organisation will get the opportunity to showcase their efforts and hard work through social media updates and reports outlining the project journey and ultimate successful actualisation. To check out criteria terms and conditions and to make a submission, potential applicants can access information on the Power NI website

Power NI Managing Director Stephen McCully said: “We hope our new programme will spark an assortment of fantastic and creative ideas which can be realised through people working together and achieving their goals with the support of some cash from the Power NI Brighter Communities Fund. “By delivering a Northern Ireland wide programme we aim to support people in towns and villages across a diverse range of areas helping them to inspire others and create a brighter future for everyone.” Full details of all criteria can be accessed online, but in summary applicants making a submission on behalf of an organisation or charity, must be over 18 and all groups should be based in Northern Ireland and have no political links. Funding will be awarded only to tangible projects and cannot be used for overall running costs or overheads.

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