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Rural Community Funding and Community Planning Public Information Sessions

08 April 2016

GROW Board members and attendees pictured at a recent information session.


Could your community group avail of funding to improve the services they offer or renew your local village? GROW South Antrim, together with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Community Planning team, are hosting two public information sessions on funding opportunities available through the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme.

The public information sessions will take place between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday 26 April in Ballyclare Town Hall and on Thursday 28 April in Antrim Civic Centre.  The funding received from the European Union and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will be allocated across four themes.  The public information sessions will focus on two of these, Basic Services and Village Renewal. 

Almost £800,000 of funding is available to support access for basic services and village renewal initiatives in the rural areas of the Borough via the GROW Programme.  All potential projects must demonstrate how they fit in with the Community Plan for the Borough.  Therefore a key part of these sessions will be a presentation from the Community Planning team highlighting the objectives, aims and timescales of the Plan.

Chair of GROW South Antrim, Councillor Vera McWilliam commented: “As this is the start of the process for our first community application call, which we hope to open towards the end of this year, it is critical that any interested rural community groups come along to these information sessions and find out what is available. More importantly, they will be able to find out what is required to enable them to complete an application once the call opens. All potential applicants must start work on their project now if they wish to be investment ready for the call and this session is the first step towards this.”

For further information and to register for the events, contact the GROW team on 028 9448 1311, or email [email protected]