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GROW South Antrim announces opening of final funding call for Rural Businesses!

01 May 2018

Previous successful applicant who received funding in January 2017 of £47,500, pictured with GROW Staff Members.  

GROW South Antrim announces the opening of a new funding call under the Rural Business Investment scheme, which is expected to be the final call for Business funding under the current Rural Development Programme (2014-2020).   

With funding of up to a maximum of £30,000 available for new businesses and £50,000 for existing micro and small (up to 49 full time equivalent employees) businesses, at a 50% grant rate, this is an opportunity not to be missed, for local businesses wishing to expand or diversify.

To be eligible, a business must be based in a rural part of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough, including the small towns of Ballyclare, Crumlin and Randalstown (other eligibility criteria apply).

Councillor Vera McWilliam, Chair of the GROW South Antrim Local Action Group comments, “GROW 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 keen for businesses who have not yet come forward to get in touch with us, as this is very likely to be our final call for Rural Business Investment Scheme funding and we want to maximise the benefit of this funding programme within our Borough.  If you have a project idea, contact a member of the GROW South Antrim team to find out whether you can benefit from the Programme.”

INTERESTED? Register now and attend one of our Pre-application workshops.  The workshops are 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 that has authority to sign on behalf of the organisation – e.g. Business Owner or Company Director and will be held as follows:

Date

Time

Venue

Thursday 24 May

10.30am-12 noon

Mossley Mill

Wednesday 30 May

4pm – 5.30pm

Mossley Mill

Thursday 31 May

10.30am – 12 noon

Antrim Civic Centre

Thursday 31 May

6.30pm – 8pm

Antrim Civic Centre

Monday 4 June

6.30pm – 8pm

Mossley Mill

To register for a workshop, please contact the GROW office on 028 9448 1311 or e-mail [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 and Rural Development.