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GROW South Antrim Announces opening of new funding call

19 April 2017

GROW South Antrim is delighted to announce a new funding call opening under the Rural Business Investment scheme.    With funding of up to a maximum of £30,000 available for new businesses and £50,000 for existing micro and small businesses (up to 49 full time equivalent employees) at a 50% grant rate, this is an opportunity not to be missed for local businesses wishing to expand or diversify.

A recent exciting change to the programme means that businesses in Ballyclare, Crumlin and Randalstown are now eligible to apply (please note retail enterprises are not eligible for GROW funding).

Councillor Vera McWilliam, Chair of GROW South Antrim Local Action Group commented: “GROW South Antrim has been allocated a total budget of approximately £2.6 million and we are looking forward to seeing the impact this funding can have on our rural areas with new jobs and increased business opportunities.  We are particularly excited to open the programme to businesses in Ballyclare, Randalstown and Crumlin to maximise the benefit of this funding programme within the Borough.  If you have a project idea, contact a member of the GROW South Antrim team to find out how you can benefit from the Programme.”

INTERESTED? Register now and attend one of our pre-application workshops.  This is a mandatory part of the application process and only businesses who have attended will be invited to submit an application under a closed call.  Workshops must be attended by a representative who has authority to sign on behalf of the organisation e.g. the business owner or company director and will be held as follows:

Thursday 18 May, 10am - 12 noon at Mossley Mill
Thursday 18 May,  6.30pm - 8.30pm at Mossley Mill
Tuesday 23 May,  10am - 12noon at Antrim Civic Centre
Thursday 6 June, 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Antrim Civic Centre

To register for a workshop, please contact the GROW South Antrim office T. 028 9448 1311 or E. [email protected]

Spaces at each workshop will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis, so register early to avoid disappointment.  The Rural Development Programme 2014- 2020 is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

CAPTION: Previous successful applicant, Mark Gilmore, Ecopart NI Ltd who received funding in January 2017 of £47,500, pictured with GROW Staff Emma Stubbs and Lynda Kennedy.