Mid and East Antrim Local Action Group

Mid and East Antrim Local Action Group

Logo for the Mid and East Antrim Local Action Group

Mid and East Antrim Local Action Group (LAG) has been set up to manage and deliver the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 across Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne.

The LAG received £4.19m from the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is managed by the Department of Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

The LAG seeks to:

  • Protect and enhance our rural environment; and
  • Contribute to competitive and sustainable rural businesses, and thriving rural communities.

The Programme will assist in the development of rural economies and create jobs in the Mid and East Antrim area. The funding is open to those people and organisations operating or living in the countryside or settlements with a population of less than 5000.

The Programme aims to:

  • Increase economic activity and employment rates through encouraging and supporting the creation and development of micro and small enterprises, including onfarm diversification into non-agricultural activities and private tourism provision
  • Implement and maintain the living conditions and welfare of rural dwellers through the provision of more and better basic services.
  • Regenerate villages and surrounding areas by improving their economic prospects and quality of life.
  • Provide community-based solutions for broadband blackspots in rural areas.

Rural Business Investment Scheme

Mid and East Antrim Local Action Group currently have up to £90,000 funding available for rural businesses.

Some examples of the types of project we can fund include:

  • Construction or improvement of immovable property
  • Purchase of new machinery or equipment
  • IT activities
  • Craft activities
  • Marketing
  • Bespoke training

We are currently accepting applications from:

  • Private individuals – 18 years or older living in a rural area
  • Micro Enterprises – less than 10 employees, non-agri activities
  • Small Enterprises – 10-49 employees, non-agri activities
  • Social Economy Enterprises – engaged in economic activities in rural areas

Why not join us at one our next workshops to find out if your project is eligible and how to apply for the funding:

Monday 19 February

8.30am -10.30am

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Tuesday 20 February 6.30pm - 8.30pm Carrickfergus 
Wednesday 21 February

8.30am -10.30am

6.30pm – 8.30pm

To find out more and to register for one of our workshops contact:

E: rdp@midandeastantrim.gov.uk or
T: 028 2563 3266