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Special Schools Bursary Award

Each Year Council will award two bursaries of £1,000 each, to special schools in the Borough for the delivery of horticultural projects.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply applicants must be a special school in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough as recognized by the Education Authority.These bursaries will seek to assist with the delivery of a horticulture scheme or project within the school with the primary purpose to engage and inspire pupils.

Types of projects that will qualify for an award

The successful submission will involve projects raising involvement in working with plants or garden and horticultural materials and features. Examples of the types of projects that will be successful may well include:

  • Provision of a restful feature in a garden landscape.
  • Projects that support indoor or outdoor schemes that involve living and growing plants.
  • Provision of a sensory plot or growing feature.

Assessment Criteria:

Applicants will be assessed, scored and ranked against the following criteria.

Assessment Process:

The eligibility of applicants and scores against the criteria 2-4 will be assessed by the following panel:

  • Chair: Mrs Joan Christie (or a nominee)
  • Council’s Head of Parks
  • Council’s Parks Manager
  • Chair of the Operations Committee (or a nominee)

Each application will be scored against the above criteria and the two highest scoring applicants will each be awarded a bursary of £1,000 for their horticulture project.

Closing Date: Monday 16 September 2019

Sharing the Benefits of the Bursary:

In return for the investment it is expected that the recipient special schools should undertake the following over the course of the 12 month period:

  • Find ways to use horticulture as a development tool for pupils. 
  • Provide a short written report to Council on how the school has used the bursary and how it has benefited pupils; and
  • Be available to attend at least one Council event to present on how the bursary has benefited work with young people with special needs.

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Please demonstrate how you will achieve the following objectives:1. How the project will add and improve wellbeing and enjoyment of the environment for all. 2. How the project will be sustained over future years.3. How the project will improve the environment for pupils
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