Partnership success celebrated

Partnership success celebrated

8 November 2017

MEMBERS of the Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership came together last week to celebrate the continued success of the rural development programme which has distributed over £600,000 in grant aid, helping create 54 new jobs.

The Partnership delivers direct grant aid to projects in the rural area across a range of schemes, with the overall aim of stimulating the economy and improving the quality of life for residents. 

To date, the Partnership has successfully delivered the first call of the rural Business Investment Scheme allocating over £600,000 of grant aid.

The group’s chairman, Nicholas McCrickard, said he is delighted with the enthusiasm for and success of the programme to date.

“The Partnership is one of 10 so-called Local Action Groups and the local members have been instrumental in the allocation of these funds. Going forward, they will guide us towards the delivery of a wide range of projects through the various schemes of rural business investment, basic services and village renewal which focus on addressing social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in the area,” he explained.

“Following on from the success of the first funding call last year, the programme received a significant amount of interest from rural businesses for the second call of funding which is running currently.”

Mr McCrickard said it’s anticipated that this second call will generate up to £500,000 of future investment in the rural area.

He added: “With the availability of up to £75,000 of grant assistance for rural businesses, we would encourage those interested in engaging with the programme to avail of this fantastic opportunity and to contact the administration unit for more information.”

Newry, Mourne and Down Council chairwoman, Roisin Mulgrew, who is a member of the Local Action Group (LAG), said it is fantastic to see the rural dwellers continue to demonstrate strong entrepreneurial spirit and potential.

“In awarding this funding to rural businesses, the LAG is helping to improve many aspects for rural dwellers within our district, offering the opportunity to develop projects to address a wide range of social and economic issues,” she continued.

“I look forward to seeing the continued engagement from project promoters across Newry, Mourne and Down and would encourage anyone with a project to contact the LAG Office.”

For further information on the support available or to discuss a potential project, contact 0300 013 2233 or visit