by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Belfast Harbour has awarded £25,000 to twelve organisations, in the first round of its Community Awards Fund launched earlier this year. Providing grants of up to £2,500 for local community projects, Belfast Harbour is seeking to support the work of grass-roots community organisations and charities, as they recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Projects benefitting from the first round of the Fund include mental health and wellbeing programmes, community events and sports programmes to promote diversity and inclusion and community garden projects.

The Community Awards Fund builds on Belfast Harbour’s ongoing programme of investment in local communities. The Fund supports projects that align with Belfast Harbour’s priorities as a socially responsibly Port on supporting local communities, employability and skills and the environment.

Joe O’Neill, Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour, said: “We have all seen the severe social and economic impacts of the last year, so we are delighted to be able to support the great work of organisations and charities, as they work to help local communities recover.

“Through these Awards, Belfast Harbour is pleased to support a range of grass-roots community based activities, and to further develop our partnerships with community organisations at this challenging time.”

The Fund will reopen to applications again in Autumn 2021.

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Jennifer Colmer, Lagan Dragons; Ciaran McNeil, Ligoniel Improvement Association; Isobel Loughran, Footprints Women’s Centre, Jenni Barkley, Belfast Harbour.

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