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Anderson welcomes second round of micro rural grants sheme

8 October, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the launch of the second tranche of the micro rural grants scheme.

Speaking after DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill announced the funding, Ms Anderson said,

"I have met many of the recipients of the last round of funding, rolled out earlier this year and therefore I am thrilled that the Minister has announced a second round of funding this afternoon.

"Similar to the previous funding, the £1,500 available per application is intended to encourage rural community and voluntary groups to improve and develop their facilities and assets.

"Over 150 rural community organisations directly benefited from the last round of grants and having met with some of them, I have witnessed how this contributes to improved engagement for community and voluntary groups as well as rural clubs and also improves the lives of those living in rural areas.

A substitute on the European Committee on Regional Development, Ms Anderson continues,

"My party colleague Michelle O'Neill has shown genuine commitment and dedication to her Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation framework, which aims to help the most vulnerable rural dwellers facing poverty and isolation.

"The Minister has really taken action to ensure the needs of those in rural areas are catered for.

"I encourage all rural community groups and clubs to take advantage of this opportunity and to get ahead in building rural communities. Those interested in applying should contact my office on Spencer Road, Derry." ENDS 

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