19 April 2014

NIHE Launch Rural Community Awards


Northern Ireland Housing Executive has launched their inaugural Rural Community Awards competition and are inviting all constituted rural community groups to take part.


  • Do you have an active community group?
  • Are you proud of your local neighbourhood?
  • Is there a thriving community spirit where you live?
  • Does your community come together to improve their local environment?
  • Would you like to win £1,000 to make a difference in your community?


If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions they would like to hear from you.

In order to help and support local communities in their efforts to make their local neighbourhoods a better place to live, NIHE has initiated a prize fund of £4,000 – four prizes of £1,000.

There are two awards:

  • The Cleaner and Greener Award
  • The Community Spirit Award

Within each category there are two prizes, one for villages with population of less than 1,000 and one for populations of 1,000 – 4,500.

The competition is open to all rural neighbourhoods, not only Housing Executive estates.

Acting Rural Coordinator Tim Gilpin explained, ‘This competition is primarily aimed at rewarding rural communities who have actively engaged in improving the physical appearance of their settlement as well as those who have encouraged and supported community participation in order to improve the community spirit within their rural neighbourhood’.

To find out further information, please contact Eoin McKinney, NIHE Rural Unit eoin.mckinney@nihe.gov.uk tel. (028) 9031 8524.

All applications must be returned to our Rural Unit by Friday 6th June 2014 at 4pm

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