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Rural Business Investment Scheme offers £90k funding opportunity

8 February 2019


Investment support for the creation and development of micro and small enterprises in rural areas of Newry, Mourne and Down district

Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership are holding a series of mandatory pre-application workshops across Newry, Mourne and Down district for businesses who wish to apply for funding up to £90,000 under its Rural Business Investment Scheme.

What is the Rural Business Investment Scheme?
The Rural Business Investment Scheme aims to provide investment support for the creation and development of micro and small enterprises (including farm diversification and private tourism businesses) in rural areas.

Mandatory pre-application workshop agenda
Information presented at each workshop will include an overview of:

  • the Rural Development Programme
  • the application process
  • the scheme eligibility criteria

There will also be an opportunity to speak with Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership representatives, on a one-to-one basis.

Mandatory pre-application workshops

Monday 11 February 2019
10am and 7pm
Kilmorey Arms Hotel, 41-45 Greencastle Road, Kilkeel, BT34 4BH

Tuesday 12 February 2019
10am and 7pm
Downshire Civic Centre, Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick, BT30 6GQ

Wednesday 13 February 2019
10am and 7pm
Ti Chulainn Centre, 2 Bog Road, Mullaghbawn, Newry, BT35 9TT

Thursday 14 February 2019
10am and 7pm
Cabra Community Centre, 130 Castlewellan Road, Cabra, Newry BT34 5RA

Friday 15 February 2019
10am and 7pm
The Lodge, 1 Dublin Road, Castlewellan, BT31 9AG

You should arrive 15 minutes before each workshop session to allow sign in and confirm attendance.

Prerequisites for funding
Please also note there are a number of prerequisites when applying for funding via this scheme:

  • registration is essential attendance at one of the above mandatory pre-application workshops is essential - failure to attend will result in exclusion from the process
  • workshops must be attended by the business owner/director etc that has legal responsibility to sign on behalf of the organisation, ie you cannot send someone on your behalf eg member of staff
  • businesses operating within Downpatrick and Newry are not eligible for grant support through this scheme

To register email rdp.admin@nmandd.org or Tel 0300 013 2233 ext 2506. Find out more about the Rural Business Investment Scheme.