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The Alpha Programme


The Alpha Programme

Since its inception in 2007, the Alpha Programme has distributed over £4.8 million of Landfill Communities Fund funding to over 140 fantastic community and biodiversity projects, helping communities bring their plans for positive change to reality.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to fund projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging bio-diversity and environmental improvements.

Funding is available under two grants strands during 2018:
•    Alpha Main Grants Programme (£10k to £50k)
•    Alpha Small Grants Programme (£3k to £10k)

A Steering Group comprising representatives from Alpha Resource Management  Ltd, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Belfast City Council, Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Ards & North Down Borough Council, the Housing Executive and Groundwork NI adjudicate on applications and funds are distributed on a quarterly basis.

The 2018 application deadlines are:

  • Friday 20th April 2018 at 12.00 noon
  • Friday 27th July 2018 at 12.00 noon
  • Friday 26th October 2018 at 12.00 noon

If you have a great community project which lies within a 15 mile radius of the Mullaghglass Landfill Site in South Antrim, then why not apply?

Click here to download Alpha_Main_Grants_application_form_2018_v2.doc and Click here to download Alpha_Main_Grants_guidelines_2018_v2.docx

Click here to download Alpha_Small_Grants_application_form_2018_v2.doc and Click here to download Alpha_Small_Grants_guidelines_2018_v2.docx

Click here to download newsletter edition 11

For more information please contact Richard Rogers at

Also please see other completed Alpha project links below:
Sculpture Park
Belshaw's Quarry National Nature Reserve's unique geologically themed sculpture park project -
Alpha Programme Celebration
Celebrating the impact of the Alpha Programme, administered by Groundwork Northern Ireland and funded through Landfill Tax Credits from the Mullaghlass Landfill Development on the outskirts of Belfast, courtesy of Alpha Resource Management -