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£2.61million of Funding to Allocate to Rural Antrim and Newtownabbey

26 October 2015

Members of the GROW South Antrim board visiting Lisglass allotments who received support under the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007 – 2013. Pictured are LAG Members Jordan Greer, Cllr Matthew Magill, Cllr Linda Clarke, Cllr Vera McWilliam, Bob Adams, Wesley Brown, Cllr Brian Duffin, Una Johnson, Roy Kennedy and Eamon Joyce, with Ian McFall, proprietor of Lisglass Allotments in centre.


GROW South Antrim together with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is hosting public consultation sessions across the Borough.  The GROW programme offers a fantastic opportunity for significant investment in our local communities, villages and businesses.  The sessions will help to determine how funding should be allocated through the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme in the rural areas of Antrim and Newtownabbey up to 2020.

The funding, which comes from the European Union and Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, can be allocated across 5 themes – Business Investment, Basic Services, Village Renewal, Rural Broadband and Cooperation. 

Chair of GROW South Antrim, Councillor Vera McWilliam comments “Community consultation is a vital part of developing the strategy, so we urge local people to come along and share their views on the needs and priorities of our rural areas and help shape how the funding is allocated.”

The consultation sessions will take place on:

  • Thursday 22nd October 2015         7.30pm,  Toome House
  • Wednesday 4th November 2015    7.30pm,  Ballyclare Town Hall
  • Thursday 5th November 2015        10am,     Antrim Civic Centre

For further information and to register for the event, contact the GROW team on 028 9448 1311, email [email protected] or visit our website: www.growsouthantrim.com.