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Rural Regeneration

SOAR (ABC) is a Local Action Group that works with the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) to deliver Priority 6 LEADER Schemes of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme (NIRDP) 2014-20 in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.  SOAR (ABC) have a budget of £8.02 million to administer the strategic objectives set out in our approved Local Rural Development Strategy and provided grants under the following measures;

  • Rural Business Investment Scheme – Budget £3.17m
    Increase economic activity and employment rates in the wider rural economy through encouraging and supporting the creation and development of micro and small enterprises in the broader rural economy including on-farm diversification into non-agricultural activities and private tourism provision;
  • Rural Basic Services Scheme– Budget £1.75m
    Improve and maintain the living conditions and welfare of rural dwellers through the provision of more and better basic services;
  • Village Renewal Scheme – Budget £0.95m
    Regenerate villages and their surrounding areas by improving their economic prospects and the quality of life;
  • Rural Broadband Scheme – Budget £0.23m
    Provide community based solutions to broadband black spots in rural areas

A budget of £0.44m will also be earmarked for co-operation projects with other LEADER groups.

Information and guidance on assistance available to rural communities through the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020