Friday, June 15, 2007

Farm Diversification Expansion Programme for the Tourism and Craft Sectors

LEADER Network for Northern Ireland Ltd (NILN)
(Northern Ireland LEADER Network)

Call for Expressions of Interest

The LEADER Network for Northern Ireland Ltd (NILN Ltd) is the umbrella organisation for the thirteen LEADER Local Action Groups in Northern Ireland. NILN Ltd has secured funding under the Northern Ireland Programme for Building Sustainable Prosperity to implement the Farm Diversification Expansion Programme for the Tourism and Craft Sectors.

NILN now wish to invite Expressions of Interest from farm businesses to participate in the programme.

To be eligible for the programme applicants must satisfy the following criteria in full:

Be a farm family member of a registered farm business that has a farm business reference number
Operate an existing tourism and/or craft related farm diversification business which has been in operation for a minimum of 2 years
Have a project idea which focuses on expansion within the tourism and/or craft sectors

Expressions of Interest that are deemed eligible will be invited to complete a full application for funding.

Grant assistance of 50% of total eligible expenditure up to a maximum of £20,000 is available for successful projects. In exceptional circumstances the level of grant assistance may be increased above £20,000.

To obtain an Expression of Interest Form or find out more about the Programme please contact Eamon Gallogly -Tel 028 7133 7149 - email or
Siobhan McManus – Tel 028 3026 3177 email

The closing date for receipt of completed Expressions of Interest is Friday 20th July 2007 by 5.00pm

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