The Derry-Strabane council has been awarded £7.5 million to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in its rural areas.
The funding has been announced by Agricultural and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill.
In total, 10 geographical areas have been awarded “Priority 6” allocations amounting to almost £70 million under the new Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
“ Priority 6” funding for rural development is a European priority and is designed to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas which will focus on supporting: business development, diversification and basic services.
The funding will be administered by newly formed Local Action Groups (LAG).
Announcing the funding, Minister O’Neill said: “Spread across 10 geographical areas and amounting to almost £70million this funding will foster local development in rural areas by supporting business development, basic services, the renewal of villages and activities aimed at the restoration and upgrading of the cultural and natural heritage of rural areas and to promote the sustainability of rural areas.”
The breakdown of the funding is as follows: LAG Geographical Area Indicative Budget Allocation (£m)
Antrim and Newtownabbey £2.61
Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon £8.02
Causeway Coast and Glens £9.60
Derry and Strabane £7.54
Fermanagh and Omagh £8.29
Lisburn and Castlereagh and Belfast Rural £3.22
Mid and East Antrim £4.19
Mid Ulster 10.16
Newry, Mourne and Down £11.18
North Down and Ards £3.85