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NI Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Final Call for Applicants

Cluster Groups, Derry City & Strabane

Posted by Tourism NI

Published January 23, 2018

Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership is responsible for delivering LEADER funding throughout the Derry City and Strabane District Council area under the 2014 – 2020 NI Rural Development Programme.

The Partnership is keen to encourage applications from areas that have submitted low numbers to date, in particular, from the Derg and Sperrin District Electoral Areas. Please note that this may be the last call under these schemes subject to the availability of funding.

Rural Basic Services Scheme (Call 2)

The Rural Basic Services Scheme is opening for its second call, which will deliver capital funding to support innovative ways of delivering multiple services in rural areas. Projects must:

  • Be part of a cluster with at least three other partners/groups;
  • Meet the overall priority of ‘Health & Wellbeing’; and
  • Include at least one absent or difficult to access service.

This call is for Small Grants (£10,000 to £50,000) and Technical Support (£500 to £5,000 for feasibility studies/professional fees) for large grants. Large grants (up to £250,000) will follow later in 2018. If you do not require Technical Support at this stage for a large grant, you must still attend a workshop and complete an Expression of Interest form to be considered in this call.

Eligible applicants for the scheme include the community/voluntary sector, strategic public bodies, local council or as a partnership. To be eligible to make an application, all potential applicants MUST ATTEND one of the following mandatory pre application workshops AND complete an Expression of Interest form.

Workshop Dates
Monday 5th February 2018 at 2.00pm, Mullaghbuoy Community Centre, Lettershandoney
Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 7.00pm, St Columb’s Park House
Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 7.00pm, Castlederg Leisure Centre
Thursday 8th February 2018 at 3.00pm, Dennett Interchange, Donemana
Friday 9th February 2018 at 10.00am, Strabane Enterprise Agency

PLEASE NOTE: The person attending the workshop on behalf of their group/organisation must be an authorised signatory i.e. authorised to sign a letter of offer if approved. This does not prohibit other members of the organisation from also attending but not in place of the authorised signatory.

Rural Business Investment Scheme (Call 4)

The Rural Business Investment Scheme is opening for its fourth call. New or existing rurally based micro/ small businesses and social economy enterprises involved in non-agricultural /non agri-food related activities may be eligible to apply. Job creation and export potential are key objectives of this scheme, which will primarily fund capital investments. Marketing funding is also available. Projects must be investment ready before applying.

To be eligible to make an application, all businesses MUST ATTEND one of the following mandatory pre application workshops AND complete an Expression of Interest form at the workshop. Previous applicants should re-attend one of these workshops.

Workshop Dates
Monday 29th January 2018 at 2.00pm, Dennett Interchange, Donemana
Tuesday 30th January 2018 at 7.00pm, White Horse Hotel
Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 2.00pm, Castlederg Leisure Centre
Thursday 1st February 2018 at 7.00pm, Strabane Enterprise Agency
Friday 2nd February 2018 at 10.00am, Diamond Centre, Claudy

PLEASE NOTE: Individual(s) attending the workshop must be either the business owner or a director. Attendance at a workshop or submission of an Expression of Interest does not constitute an offer of funding. The application process will be competitive and not every application will be funded.

To book a place at one of the workshops and receive a copy of the Expression of Interest form please email or phone Derry City and Strabane District Council on 02871 253253 x 6917. Further information also available at

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