The growing role of charities in society must be embraced

8 Feb 2023Ryan Miller undefinedSector Issues, Funding, Economy, Environment, Social Policy

A huge new report, years in the making, says that the community and voluntary sector’s increasing importance needs to be fully embraced. The private, public and third sectors all need to work together to build the best-possible future.

Guest Blog: The National Lottery Community Fund - remember to consider your environmental impact when applying for funding

9 Jan 2023Sandra Bailie FundraisingEnvironment, Funding

Mark Creaney, from The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), talks about how the largest community funder across the UK is supporting communities who are seeking to minimise their impact on the environment.

NICVA’s journey to reducing its environmental impacts

25 Oct 2022Denise Copeland Policy, EnvironmentEnvironment, Climate Change

Climate change is affecting every citizen on this planet and many of us will already have made changes in our personal lives to reduce our environmental impact, but could our organisations be doing more to help reduce our impact?

Making a Sustainable Difference in your Organisation

25 Oct 2022Jocelyn Horton Fundraisingfunders, Environment

The environment affects all aspects of our lives and there are numerous benefits for organisations to address environmental issues such as improved finances and greater appeal for employees, supporters and funders.


7 Jul 2021Déarbhla Sloan Value of the SectorEnvironment, Public Benefit, Research

The work of VCSE organisations is vital in helping to ensure the protection of our natural environment with more than 1 in 10 members delivering services that promote a healthy natural environment through 5,000+ volunteer hours per year.

EU funding in NI agriculture: Should we stay or should we go?

9 Mar 2016Bob Harper Detail DataDetail Data, Open Data, Public Expenditure, Environment

MORE than 38,000 farmers and rural projects across Northern Ireland shared nearly £350million of European Union (EU) funding in a single year, according to the latest breakdown of figures.

Why planners say it is okay to enclose open spaces

1 Jul 2015Nick Garbutt Environment

The recent Glasmullin dispute has raised questions about Northern Ireland’s planning laws, Scope dissects the issues. 

Closing down our open spaces

17 Jun 2015Nick Garbutt Environment

The decision by Belfast City Council to grant planning permission for a sports ground on open land in West Belfast creates an uneasy precedent and is out of step with planning policy elsewhere, Scope reports. 

Preserving heritage and understanding the past

28 Apr 2015Nick Garbutt Funding, Environment

Scope meets Paul Mullan, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland. 

Buy a plastic bag and save the environment: how not to make cuts

27 Apr 2015Nick Garbutt CutsWatchNI, Environment, Politics

Scope analyses the bizarre recent conduct of the Department of the Environment and suggests this is a text book example of how not to implement cuts.