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Posted 6 August 2021

2021 Rural Community Awards


NIHE is delighted to launch 2021 Rural Community Awards competition.


Last year the competition was slightly amended to reflect the practical challenges facing those involved in community work but also the huge impact that many volunteers made for people over the lockdown period.

NIHE was so encouraged by the response to the ‘Community Champion’ award that it is to be included again this year.

There are also two new awards which are aimed specifically at young people in order to recognise the importance of engaging children and young people in community activities and the vital contribution they can make.

In total, there are 5 different awards up for grabs this year for both our North and South regions.

The application form is straightforward and the prize money and individual prizes would go a long way towards extending and developing community activities.


Feel free to share this application with rural community groups or stakeholders who may be interested.

The application is also available on:


For further information contact

Sinéad Collins

Rural & Regeneration Manager

Tel 028 9598 2507 ext 82502 or



NIHE Application Form