Last chance for funding workshop

Attendees and Staff at previous pre-application workshop at Antrim Civic Centre.

Attendees and Staff at previous pre-application workshop at Antrim Civic Centre.

The mandatory pre-application workshops for funding under the Rural Business Investment scheme through GROW South Antrim are now well underway and there is only one workshop remaining.

The last workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm in Mossley Mill.

This is a new process for applying for funding through the Rural Development Programme and registration and attendance at a pre-registration workshop is essential if you wish to be considered for funding towards a project this year.

Workshops must be attended by a representative that has authority to sign on behalf of the organisation – e.g. Business Owner or Company Director.

To register for a workshop, please contact the GROW office on 028 9448 1311 or email jeni.porter@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

All workshops to date have been well attended and the final workshop has proved extremely popular, so register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Councillor Vera McWilliam, Chair of the GROW South Antrim Local Action Group, said: “This is the final chance for any potential applicants who wish to be considered to apply for funding our Rural Business Investment Scheme.

“If you are a new business, or an existing business with up to 49 full-time equivalent employees and have a project idea which you would like to invest in this year in order to develop or expand, please make sure you register to attend on the 6 April 2016”.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available for new businesses and up to a maximum of £50,000 is available for existing businesses located in, or which can prove a significant impact upon, a rural area of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, at a 50% grant rate.

For example, if your total project cost is £20,000, you can apply to GROW for a maximum grant of £10,000.

Please note that some business activities are not eligible for support, details of eligible activities, as well as additional pre-requisites required to submit an application including a business plan, and full planning approval if required can be found on the GROW website www.growsouthantrim.com or by contacting the GROW office on 028 9448 1311.

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.