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Partnership Launches New Website (09/06/09)

Partnership Launches New Website

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Cllr Allan Ewart (Chair of Local Action Group, Lagan Rural Partnership), Mayor of Castlereagh Borough Council - Cllr Ann Marie Beattie (Chair of Joint Committee, Lagan Rural Partnership), Padraic Murphy (Rural Development Manager, Lagan Rural Partnership).

Lagan Rural Partnership launched its new website last week to coincide with a new call for applications targeted at supporting rural projects in the  Lisburn City Council, Castlereagh Borough Council, and Belfast City Council areas.

Lagan Rural Partnership is a newly formed Local Action Group that acts as a delivery agent for the ‘Rural Life’ axis of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme. It comprises of elected members and representatives from the farming, business and community sectors from all three Council areas. The new fund aims to improve the quality of life in rural areas by supporting a wide range of activities. These include diversification into non-agricultural activities, support for business creation and development, encouragement of tourism activities, village renewal, support to improve basic services for rural communities and conservation and upgrading of rural heritage.

Speaking at the launch of the new website, Cllr Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lagan Rural Partnership said:

‘We are very proud to launch our website and believe that it will be a valuable promotional tool to encourage more individuals and organisations to apply to the wide range of funding streams that the Partnership has to offer. It includes details of who can apply, how to apply and who to contact for further information, plus it is extremely easy to use’ 

Mayor of Castlereagh, Cllr Ann Marie Beattie is Chair of the Partnership’s Joint Committee and also commended the new website, saying:

‘The launch of the website is very timely as we open our second call for applications to the fund. We are still open to applicants with farm diversification and business development project ideas but for the first time we also open our fund to those with an interest in developing our local rural tourism and heritage potential and those with an interest in improving basic services for our rural areas. We would particularly encourage local community groups to avail of the opportunities available under the local community based service provision scheme as part of the basic rural services measure.’

The Partnership will accept applications for the measures detailed below until the closing date of Friday 31 July at 5.00pm. 

3.1: Diversification into Non – Agricultural Activities

3.2: Business Creation and Development

3.3: Encouragement of Tourism Activities

3.4: Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population

3.6: Conservation and Upgrading of Rural Heritage 

To find out more about the Rural Development Programme and to receive an application pack for any of the above grant measures please contact Caroline Speers at Tel 028 9250 9419 or  

The Partnerships new website address is

The Rural Development Programme 2007 – 2013 is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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