Lottery cash for ‘rural revival’

RURAL communities in Northern Ireland are being reminded that grants of up to £50,000 are being offered to start up community business ventures designed to breathe new life into their areas.

The money comes from the Big Lottery Fund’s Village SOS scheme, which aims to inspire a rural revival across the UK.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are now available to help rural communities with less than 3,000 people develop plans for enterprising projects which answer a local need or improve services.

Projects can be anything from community-run shops and pubs to energy or transport schemes, craft or food projects.

Application forms for funding are available on the website and anyone interested can register at www.villagesos.org.uk.