West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Mc Aleer encourages uptake of rural tourism funding

Published: 6 January, 2017

It is mandatory for applicants to take part in one of the workshops before submitting an application. Attendance at a workshop is the only point of entry for the scheme and attendance also includes the requirement to complete an expression of interest

It is mandatory for applicants to take part in one of the workshops before submitting an application. Attendance at a workshop is the only point of entry for the scheme and attendance also includes the requirement to complete an expression of interest

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has encouraged rural businesses, individuals and groups to take part in the Rural Business Investment Scheme workshops which take place at venues throughout Fermanagh and Omagh from 11th until 23rd January. The theme of the current funding call is Tourism.

Mr Mc Aleer said "The Fermanagh and Omagh Local Action Group has allocated £3 million of their £6.8 million allocation to the Rural Business Investment Scheme. The scheme will offer capital funding of £5000 to £30,000 with 50% match funding for new or existing businesses.

"The priority sectors identified in this call are Support for Activity Based Tourism; Craft Production; Accommodation enhancements and supporting infrastructure.

"The scheme is open to individuals, micro and small enterprises, new and existing businesses, farmers (for diversification) and social enterprises. A key objective is job creation, so prospective applicants must demonstrate on their business plan that jobs can be created.

"In addition to demonstrating job creation, applicants should have a detailed business plan, quotations, evidence of match funding and all necessary statutory approvals, including planning permission (where necessary).

"It is mandatory for applicants to take part in one of the workshops before submitting an application. Attendance at a workshop is the only point of entry for the scheme and attendance also includes the requirement to complete an expression of interest form on the night.

"The workshops take place each evening at 7pm at the following locations - Ecclesville Centre Fintona on Weds 11th January; Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea on Thurs 12th January; Milestone Centre Carrickmore on Tues 17th January; Belcoo Community Centre on Weds 18th January and the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown on Mon 23rd January.

"The Rural Business Investment Scheme is a great opportunity particularly in the current austere economic climate. I strongly encourage prospective applicants to join the funding workshops and get advice and support on their business plans from sources such as the Go for It programme". For further details, telephone the LAG on 028 8225 0202