Village Renewal Scheme deadline fast approaching  

Published: 8th December 2016

Rural communities have just a number of days left to express their interest to participate in a programme where up to £150,000 may be available to renew and develop their village.

The Village Renewal Scheme is one of five schemes being administered by the Fermanagh and Omagh Local Action Group (LAG) Ltd under Priority 6 of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

The scheme, which has a total of £1.25 million capital funding available for villages in the district, will provide financial assistance to regenerate villages in the district through two funding strands.

Strand one aims to support the role of villages as an economic and social hub for the community. Grants of up to £150,000 at 75 per cent of the total project cost are available under this strand for innovative initiatives such as bringing derelict and vacant sites and property into use, undertaking environmental improvements, enhancing shop fronts or conserving rural culture and heritage.

Grants of up to £50,000 at 75 per cent of the total project cost are available through the second strand of the scheme. This strand aims to enhance the social, economic and environmental sustainability of villages by supporting projects that will develop or improve access to local amenities such as walkways, play facilities or nature trails.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is acting as lead applicant to the Village Renewal Scheme. Encouraging village communities and groups to express their interest in the Scheme before the 16 December deadline, Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, said:

“Villages in the Fermanagh and Omagh district are important social and economic hubs for many of our residents. The Council welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with local communities to deliver actions and initiatives to renew and regenerate villages and improve the economic and social well being of residents through participation in the Village Renewal Scheme.”

Completed Village Renewal Scheme Expression of Interest forms must be returned to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council no later than 12 noon, Friday 16 December 2016.

Further information on the Village Renewal Scheme and Expression of Interest forms are available from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s website. Alternatively, please contact the Council’s Rural Regeneration Officer, by telephoning 0300 303 1777 (all calls charged at local rate) or emailing villagerenewal@fermanaghomagh.com.

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