MLA urges locals to apply for small grants

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has reiterated calls for local interested parties to apply to the Rural Business Investment Scheme.

The Rural Business Investment Scheme offers potential grants ranging from between £500 and £90,000 for micro and small enterprises.

“A second call of the Rural Business Investment Scheme is planned for this autumn,” explained Mr McAleer.

“The scheme will provide investment support for the creation and development of non-agricultural activities for micro and small enterprises. For example, farm diversification, tourism, craft, recreation and other non-agricultural businesses.

“The primary objective of the scheme is to create new jobs.

“Funding is primarily for capital grants with some resource funds towards bespoke training and marketing.

“Information sessions about the scheme are being rolled out this month followed by MANDATORY pre-funding workshops in October/November.

“A total of £2.586,00 has been set aside for the RBIS with grants ranging from £500 to 90k

“I would urge anyone who is interested in the Mid-Ulster area to contact Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN) www.cwsan.org on telephone 028 8773 8845.”