29/04/2002

EU Support Programme comes to Derry

Two local community organisations, North West Community Network and Tullyally District Development Group, have been appointed to assist with the delivery of the Local Strategy Partnership’s EU Grant Application Support Programme within the Derry City Council area.

Last month, the Local Strategy Partnership invited tenders from organisations in the region, interested in offering assistance on accessing, interpreting and completing the EU Grant Application form to potential applicants of the PEACE II Programme, Building Sustainable Prosperity Programme and the Community Initiatives.

Oonagh McGillion, Strategy Manager of the Local Strategy Partnership explained there was a need to employ a dedicated team who could assist organisations applying for funding under European Programmes, particularly with the Peace II and Building Sustainable Prosperity application forms.

She said: “The Local Strategy Partnership, together with the Voluntary Activity Unit of the Department of Social Development and Invest Northern Ireland thought it was vitally important to set up a dedicated support programme for all groups and individuals looking to access European Funding within the Derry City Council area.

"The two delivery organisations that have been appointed will provide an information service on the eligible activities, beneficiary groups, budgets, timescales and application processes of the funding measures under the PEACE II Programme, Building Sustainable Prosperity Programme and the Community Initiatives."

Edith Dunlop, Co-chairperson of the Local Strategy Partnership added that she was delighted to announce the appointment of the two delivery organisations saying she was confident they would greatly assist in making the application process more accessible for the community and voluntary sectors. She urged groups to attend the information seminars to find out more on the support programme.

The seminars will be held on Tuesday May 7 from 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Diamond Centre Claudy and from 2.00pm – 5.00pm in Tullyally Development Group Offices. The Cityside seminar will be held on Monday May 13 from 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Calgach Centre. (MB)

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