GROW South Antrim announces final funding call for rural businesses

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Colin Millar (Millar Woodcraft Specialist Joinery Manufacture Ltd) beside one of the machines funded with assistance from the Rural Development Programme.

GROW South Antrim have announced the final application call for funding 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 (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.

Interested? Any business interested in applying for grant funding, must attend a pre-application workshop to be eligible to submit an application under a closed call.

In addition, businesses must be based in a rural part of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough, including the small towns of Ballyclare, Crumlin and Randalstown (please note – other eligibility criteria apply).

Councillor Vera McWilliam, Chair of the GROW South Antrim Local Action Group, said: “GROW has been allocated a total budget of approximately £2.6million and we look 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 our final call for Rural Business Investment Scheme funding, we want to maximise the benefit of this funding programme. 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.”

Register now to confirm your place at the pre-application workshop. Attendance at a workshop 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.

A representative that has authority to sign on behalf of the organisation e.g. Business Owner or Company Director must attend the workshop. The details for these final workshops are as follows:

Monday 4 February 10.00 – 11.30am Antrim Civic Centre

Thursday 7 February 6.30 – 8.00pm Antrim Civic Centre

Monday 11 February 10.00 – 11.30am Mossley Mill

Monday 25 February 6.30 – 8.00pm Mossley Mill

To register for a workshop, please contact the GROW office T. 028 9448 1311 or E. grow@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

Spaces 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.

GROW South Antrim has been appointed in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area to implement the LEADER element of the NI Rural Development Programme 2014- 2020 in rural South Antrim. 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.

At a local level, the programme is strategically delivered and implemented by a Local Action Group (LAG) comprised of 16 representatives from Council, business, community, agriculture, and statutory sectors within the local area. This is supported by a wider LAG made up of up to 40 additional members from all sectors of the local community.

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