The Rural Business Investment Scheme is designed to support the development of a strong and diverse rural economy, investing in new business development and the expansion of existing enterprises to create a balanced and forward looking rural economy. The primary objective of the Scheme is job creation.
The Fermanagh and Omagh Local Action Group (LAG) Ltd will be hosting 5 MANDATORY Funding Workshops across the District Council area for the Rural Business Investment Scheme as follows:
- Belcoo Community Centre, Belcoo at 7.00pm on Tuesday 24 April 2018
- Ecclesville Centre, Fintona at 7.00pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018
- Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown at 7.00pm Thursday 26 April 2018
- Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea at 7.00pm on Tuesday 1 May 2018
- Milestone Centre, Carrickmore at 7.00pm on Thursday 3 May 2018
- Tea/Coffee will be available from 7.00pm with events commencing at 7:30pm sharp
If you are interested in applying for funding under the Rural Business Investment Scheme then attendance at one of the workshops is the only entry point. Please note that attendance also includes the requirement to complete an Expression of Interest form on the night (outlining brief details on the proposed project that you are seeking funding for including anticipated costs). Failure of the business owner if a sole trader, one of the partners if operating a business partnership, or one of the Directors if operating a legal entity registered with Companies House to attend a workshop will result in you being ineligible to apply under this call for applications.
For further details about the Funding Workshops or the Programme please contact Fermanagh and Omagh Local Action Group (LAG) Ltd, 16 High Street, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT78 1BQ Tel: 028 8225 0202.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a competitive programme. Attendance at a Mandatory Funding Workshop or receipt of an invitation to submit an application for financial assistance having attended a Funding Workshop DOES NOT indicate that your application/the project will be awarded financial assistance.
The NIRDP 2014-2020 has six priorities and is supported by a total budget of approximately £623 million. The six priorities are:
- Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
- Farm competitiveness and risk management
- Food chain organisation
- Restoring and enhancing ecosystems
- Promoting resource efficiency
- Social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas
Fermanagh and Omagh Local Action Group (LAG) Ltd which covers the Fermanagh and Omagh district, is one of ten LAGs responsible for delivering Priority 6 in the rural areas of Northern Ireland. The overall aim of Priority 6, which has a budget allocation of approximately £70 million, is to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas (LEADER). The NIRDP 2014-2020 is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
The Fermanagh and Omagh LAG will, through programme delivery with a budget of approximately £8.29 million and by working in partnership with other agencies, contribute to the development of stronger rural communities through the creation of a more diverse and outward looking prosperous rural economy. The LAG will do this by creating greater local employment opportunities. The LAG will also support innovative approaches to the development of local services and facilities meeting the needs of the changing rural population. The LAG will achieve this by delivering the following Schemes:
- Rural Business Investment Scheme
- Rural Basic Services Scheme
- Rural Village Renewal Scheme
- Rural Broadband Scheme
- Co-operation Scheme
Details of the Rural Business Investment scheme are available on this factsheet: Rural Business Investment Scheme Factsheet
The Fermanagh and Omagh LAG Board comprises 24 Members of which 11 are elected representatives nominated by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC) and 13 social partners representing the business, community and agriculture sectors.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council acts as the Administrative Council with responsibility for all financial and administrative matters.