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Molloy urges local groups to apply for Rural Challenge Programme

6 October, 2009 - by Ian Milne

Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster has this week urged all local voluntary and community groups that they have just a few weeks left to apply to the Rural Challenge Programme aimed at tackling poverty and social exclusion. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on 30 October 2009.

Mr Molloy said:

“The Rural Challenge Programme aims to help tackle poverty and social exclusion within rural communities. Through the programme, rural groups will have to identify local poverty and social exclusion issues and then provide solutions that address the challenges faced by rural communities.

"These challenges can be addressed through the development of a series of locally focused projects which can be funded through the Challenge Programme.

"As part of the application process, mandatory best practice workshops are being held throughout October and are designed to provide help and advice with the application process.

"The Programme for Government has made a commitment to address rural poverty and social exclusion and has allocated DARD a £10million package to address these issues over the next three years.

"The workshops will be held during the month of October. A workshop will be held in Mid Ulster on Friday 23rd October 2009 at Loughry College, Cookstown from 2pm to 5pm." ENDS

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