Foyle MLA welcomes £200,000 capital grant for rural communities

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the announcement by DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill that £200,000 will be available for Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme with applications opening this week.raymond mccartney

Raymond McCartney said

“The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme is designed to allow rural community groups to access grants between £500 and £1500 for minor works and the purchase of equipment.

“It is important that we support the many groups that provide a range of activities for the rural community including those providing leisure, educational and health activities.

“These grants will assist these groups in getting access to the latest equipment or having their buildings maintained to the highest standards and allow them to improve their service to the community.

“The Minister has again demonstrated that she is committed to bringing equality to the rural community by announcing this tranche of funding and I would urge interested groups to access the application form on

“Applications are open from this week until 22nd May 2015 so it is important that groups prepare now so that they can access the fund when it comes online.”