Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson launched a guide to EU funding which she hopes will make it easier for voluntary and community organisations to draw down European money.
Martina Anderson launched the guide 'A Gateway to EU Funding' at the Colin Glen Trust on the Stewartstown Road today.
Prior to the launch Martina Anderson said:
“One of my first observations on becoming an MEP was the low level of draw-down of available EU funds by groups and organisations here.
“Since then I have concentrated on meeting with local community/voluntary groups, SMEs, farming and rural community organisations among others.
“I have listened to their needs and concerns and provided them with information on the funding available.
“There is great potential for drawing more funding from Europe, not just for government departments but for community/voluntary organisations, universities and small businesses too.
“The new round of EU Fund has just opened and will run until 2020.
“Unfortunately the complexity of the application process can sometimes be intimidating and when combined with a lack of information available on funding streams this means missed opportunities.
“For these reasons I am today launching "A Gateway to EU Funding" - a plain English, easy to read guide to -
1. What types of funding are available – structural and competitive.
2. Information on each of the programmes.
3. And most importantly – contact points to access advice and assistance.
“My Constituency Office will also provide assistance and can be contacted on 71329321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.” CRÍOCH/ENDS