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McDermott encourages groups to apply for Rural Grants Scheme

Published: 8 October, 2015

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has called on local groups to apply for the Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme which has been launched this week by DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill.

Speaking this week Ms McDermott said,

"The Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme has been developed to provide rural, community-led, voluntary organisations with the opportunity to avail of financial assistance towards the purchase of equipment or completion of minor capital works that can contribute to alleviating poverty and or social isolation.

"Grant support of between £200 (minimum) and £1,500 (maximum) is available to eligible rural groups. Projects must clearly address an issue of rural poverty and / or social isolation and applicants must provide a minimum of 15% match funding. Applications must be submitted before the 30th October.

"I welcome the launch of the Rural Grants scheme by DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill. The first phase of this scheme was a massive success, and with over £200k available this will certainly be welcome news for a lot of our rural community led groups. This shows the benefits of a Minister being at her desk and working for our rural communities."