DARD Launches Rural Challenge Programme

DARD has launched its £700,000 Rural Challenge Programme and the aim of the Programme is to assist in tackling poverty and social isolation within rural communities.

The programme is encouraging rural community and voluntary groups to identify a local need and propose an initiative to address a poverty or social isolation issue within their rural community.  Funding of up to £10,000 is available to undertake local initiatives.  Seven target beneficiary groupings have been identified for the Programme:

  • Children & Young People
  • Lone Parents
  • Unemployed
  • Disabled
  • Carers
  • Elderly
  • Ethnic Minorities
If people want to apply for the funding then they must attend one of the best practice workshops facilitated by Rural Community Network.  Click here to download the list of venues.

The application form, information booklet and further information are now available to download from www.dardni.gov.uk/rural-challenge-programme.

The Scheme is currently open and will remain open until 4pm on Friday 14th December 2012.

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