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Rural communities in Northern Irelandcan now apply for grants of up to £50,000 to start up community business ventures that will breathe new life into their area.
Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to help rural communities with less than 3,000 people develop plans for enterprising projects that will answer a local need or improve services for local people.  Projects could be anything from community run shops and pubs to energy or transport schemes, craft or food projects.
Register at www.villagesos.org.uk/funding and get more information on how to apply.