Noel Coonan TD has welcomed the news that the EC has cleared the way for the reinstatement of the maximum grant level of up to €500,000 to benefit local community projects under the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme.
The local Fine Gael TD is urging members of North Tipperary and South Offaly rural communities to look to the RDP to provide the support necessary to promote their projects.
Deputy Coonan outline that the grant goes towards non-commercial community projects with a particular focus on infrastructure.
Alongside this, it aims to promote diversification of economic activities, job creation, improve access to basic services for rural dwellers, regenerate villages, encourage rural tourism and support the creation and development in our rural economy.
“Fine Gael Environment Minister Phil Hogan entered discussions with the European Commission to obtain approval to fund community projects over and above the State Aid limit of €200,000 and this was successful,” said Deputy Coonan.
This process is now complete and the EC have been very flexible and have agreed that the Aid delivered through these two measures is not State Aid, therefore allowing the reinstatement of the €500,000 maximum grant for community projects.
“I hope that by raising the maximum grant level to €500,000 will provide our rural community with funding to drive their desired projects,” concluded Deputy Coonan.
Contact North Tipperary LEADER Partnership on 067 56676 for more information.