Mr Robin Swann MLA, the Ulster Unionist Party’s Westminster candidate for North Antrim, has called on rural organisations within the constituency “to apply as soon as possible for the new capital grant programme before the tight deadline of 22 May”.
Assemblyman Swann, the UUP Chief Whip, is a Past President of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster and a Past Chairman of the influential Rural Youth Europe organisation.
Assemblyman Swann issued his appeal to rural organisations as the Stormont agriculture department unveiled the new grant scheme designed to make life better for those living in rural communities.
The Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme will be delivered by local Rural Support Networks on behalf of DARD. The Programme will be open for applications from Monday 13 April 2015 until noon on Friday 22 May 2015. Grants of between £200 and £1,500 are available to constituted rural community organisations for equipment and minor capital works.
Mr Swann added: “It is absolutely vital in this era of cuts and austerity that our rural communities take full advantage of this very worthy scheme. But they should also note the very tight deadline of 22 May.
“Our rural communities face so many difficult challenges in this decade that such funding may well decide if a rural community remains in existence. It would be a great pity and loss to North Antrim if such rural communities disappeared due to a lack of funds.
“My message to North Antrim’s rural communities is simple – get applying as soon as possible!” said Assemblyman Swann.