MEA gets £4m rural funds

Attorney at Law sitting at desk holding pen with files
Attorney at Law sitting at desk holding pen with files

The Mid and East Antrim area, which takes in Ballymena, has been allocated rural development funding of £4.19million.

Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill last week announced the ‘Priority 6’ budget allocations for council areas under the new Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 amounting to almost £70M.

Priority 6 funding for Rural Development is a European priority and is designed to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas which will focus on supporting: business development, diversification and basic services. The funding will be administered by newly formed Local Action Groups (LAG).

Speaking on Wednesday, Minister O’Neill said: “Spread across 10 geographical areas and amounting to almost £70million this funding will foster local development in rural areas.”