A series of rural development funding workshops will get underway next month for businesses which are ‘investment ready’.
The workshops, being organised by the Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership, are for rurally based businesses located in the area, are a mandatory requirement for any company which plans to make an application for funding to the Rural Business Investment Scheme.
The scheme is funded through Priority 6 LEADER elements of the NI Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and as well as being required to attend a workshop to be able to submit an application, those who attend must also be either the business owner or a director legally responsible for the business
Chair of the Partnership, Austin Kelly explained:
“Attending a funding workshop is a fundamental first step in the application process. The primary purpose of the workshops is to help businesses decide if their project is investment ready before an application is made.”
“This will include informing applicants on the pre-requisites needed to support their application, namely having a business plan, match funding, planning permission if needed and quotations to support project costs. We would encourage those attending the workshops to have a clear idea of their proposed project in advance of attending.”
Businesses are invited to apply to the scheme under three priority business themes: Rural Growth focusing on manufacturing and engineering, Rural Innovation focusing on IT, rural tourism, creative industries and rural service enterprises, and Rural Youth which will seek applications from the 18-30 year age group.
Rural Growth, focusing on manufacturing and engineering sector businesses will be the first priority to open for application. It is essential businesses intending to apply from this sector attend one of the workshops listed below.
• Tuesday 1 March at the Marina Centre, Ballyronan from 6.30pm
• Wednesday 2 March at Corn Mill, Coalisland from 6.30pm
• Friday 4 March at Mid Ulster District Council Offices, Magherafelt from 9.30am
• Monday 7 March at Kilcronaghan Activity Centre, Tobermore from 6.30pm
• Wednesday 9 March at Corick House, Clogher from 6.30pm,
• Friday 11 March at Mid Ulster District Council Offices, Dungannon from 9.30am
• Monday 14 March at Cookstown Leisure Centre from 9.30am and the Rowan Tree Centre, Pomeroy from 6.30pm
While further workshops will be organised specific to the Rural Innovation and Rural Youth themes, businesses wishing to apply under these themes are still welcome to attend the first set of workshops.
To book a place at one of the workshops, or for more information on the Rural Business Investment Scheme, contact Susan McQueen on 028 8676 4714 or email [email protected]