Rural businesses and community groups in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area will have an opportunity to apply for funding to the Rural Development Programme in October 2018.
The Causeway Coast and Glens Local Action Group has now approved over 50 applications from businesses, committing over £1.7 million to projects that will create jobs and support growth in the local economy.
Daniel Buchanan successfully applied to the programme in 2017 and was awarded funding to allow him to set up his own business, Buchanan Engineering, based in Dungiven. Mr Buchanan was awarded funding of £14,972.50 in order to purchase a number of essential pieces of engineering equipment.
Speaking of his successful application, Daniel said: “It has been an ambition of mine to start up my own engineering business specifically with the intent of manufacturing products for the agricultural sector.
“It is difficult, however, for young people to get a business up and running, particularly with the investment that is needed to purchase new equipment.
“The funding received through the Rural Development Programme has been crucial in helping me get the business off the ground and operating. I’d like to thank the Local Action Group for their help throughout the process.”
Commenting on the project, LAG Board member Alderman William King, MBE, commented: “I have great admiration for young people in our area like Daniel, who have the capability and drive to start their own business.
“I am delighted that the Local Action Group can play a role in helping this business through the provision of funding.
“We are hoping to fund many more new and existing rural businesses in the upcoming year, so I would encourage people to give our Rural Development team a call to find out what support is available.”
Funding workshops take place in September for those interested in making an application in October 2018.
o For more information visit www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/work/rural-developmentor or call 028 7034 7016.