Ballycastle market has benefitted to the tune of £96,901 from the Coastal Communities Fund managed by DOE.
The Coastal Communities Fund is designed to support the economic development of communities along our coasts. It promotes regeneration and sustains economic growth by funding projects that create new jobs as well as safeguarding existing jobs.
Naturally North Coast and Glens has used the funds to provide sustainable business facilities, support, marketing and training to local craftspeople and food producers in Ballycastle town market.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “Ballycastle Town Market was awarded a grant of £96,901 to provide sustainable business facilities, support, marketing and training to local craftspeople and food producers. The project purchased 15 pop-up marquees to allow local craftspeople to trade at the waterfront area in Ballycastle on a regular basis.
This is supported by business workshops for all market members to share their learning and experiences, 26 markets a year and 12 workshops at weekends to increase overnight stays in the area and visitor spend. The marquees are also available for other businesses to hire throughout the year, which will help to achieve a sustainable income. Naturally North Coast and Glens has found that the demand for their markets has been much greater than expected, which is to be welcomed.
“I would urge coastal communities to identify quality projects that would benefit from this fund when it re-opens this summer. What I and DOE are about is building a better environment and a stronger economy. This will help do that.”