By Niamh Brown
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) have launched a new scheme that could benefit rural organisation across the Derry and Strabane area. Grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 are available. The scheme is now is now open for applications between now and Friday December 11.
The Rural Social Economy Investment Scheme is open to emerging and established rural social enterprises that have been trading for at least 12 months. It aims to enable organisations to increase their capacity, potential profitability and sustainability whilst supporting those who live in rural areas.
In order to avail of the grant, the organisation must be able to prove they are located in a rural area. Exceptional circumstances are considered if the applicant can clearly demonstrate the majority of their activity benefits the rural area or where the majority of beneficiaries are rural dwellers.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney remarked that the scheme “offers the chance for rural organisations to enhance their services on the ground where they have a vital role in keeping rural communities connected and supported.”
He then went on to say that “as well as vital investment in rural groups in the short term, the outcomes and lessons learned from this scheme will also contribute to the development of a future programme under the Rural Policy Framework, which will ensure longer term support and sustainability.”
DAERA have appointed Rural Action in partnership with the Rural Community Network to provide animation and pre-application support activities to assist potential candidates when applying. This includes the delivery of five webinars. The first of these workshops is scheduled to take place Tuesday November 10 at 10am.
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