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Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2014

Please find Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2014 attached: Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2014

Programme Update

SWARD Programme Update (12/12/12)

The social and economic infrastructure of the Rural communities throughout SWARD continue to be supported across the six programme Measures. To date:

  • In excess of 1193 applications have been received seeking grant aid to the value of £70.6m
  • 334 Applications have been approved whiich includes 139 completed and currently 63 projects are under appraisal
  • Approximately £5.7m of expenditure has been incurred to date in rural communities throughout the Cluster
  • Approx 91% of project funding has now been committed

Measure 3.1. (Farm Diversification)

Four calls have been made for Measure 3.1.  Applications under the fourth call which closed on 28/09/12 are under appraisal.   A significant number of projects under this measure are underway or complete.

Measure 3.2 (Business Enterprise)

Two calls have been made for Measure 3.2.   The majority of approved projects are now complete.

Measure 3.3 (Tourism) and Measure 3.4 (Basic Services)

Two calls have been made for both measures. The second call for each measure closed on Friday 28th January 2011.  All projects from the second call have been assessed and many are currently underway.

Measure 3.5 (Village Renewal)

Under phase 1 of the Measure, 31 settlements were identified for support to develop Integrated Village Plans. Under Phase 2, 31 Integrated Village Plans across each district in the Cluster have been developed.  Following a public call for Phase 3 approximately 26 applications were approved to implement a range of Village renewal actions across the Cluster.   

Measure 3.6 (Culture/Heritage)

One call has been made under this measure.  All funds have now been committed and a number of projects are either complete or underway

Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) provide match funding

Match funding and Bridging finance available to support RDP Funding

UCIT are currently providing match funding and bridging finance to a number of social enterprises and community organisations that are making applications to Axis 3 of the Rural Development Programme.

Should your organisation require match funding, top up finance or a loan to bridge funding gaps while waiting for drawdown, UCIT can provide a package to suit your individual needs.

UCIT loans are flexible, affordable and have no fees attached.

All profits generated by UCIT are recycled for reinvestment into the community and social economy sector.

If your organisation would like more information about the loans that UCIT can provide, please contact us on Tel: 028 90 315003 or visit our website at www.ucitltd.com.

Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 10.

Please find Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 10 attached: Financial Statements - Year ended 31 March 10.

Renewable Energy Support for Rural Communities

Renewable Energy Support for Rural Communities

Action Renewables is offering an innovative new service to help make renewable energy more accessible to the smallest and most rural communities throughout Northern Ireland.  The service includes:

  • Free mentoring and advice
  • Professional support

Terry Waugh, deputy director, Action Renewables commented: "The "SMALLEST" service will encourage and stimulate renewable energy generation in small rural communities and as a result, assist in reducing costs, pollution, environmental damage, and encourage self-reliance for future energy generation.  Most importantly, this service will standardise support processes and allow communities to draw upon pooled skills and shared knowledge." 

The service is specifically designed to increase awareness of the potential benefits of renewable energy for small communities and will also provide support and assistance in the planning and development of green energy generation projects in rural communities.

The 'SMALLEST' service will help communities identify the best way to convert from traditional to renewable energy generation and will provide them with a mentoring service offering access to trained and qualified professional and practical support. 

The 'SMALLEST' service (Solutions for Microgeneration that ALLow Energy Saving Technologies), is a European funded project which will establish a 'hand-holding' service across all Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) partner regions, including Northern Ireland, providing free advice and support for rural communities interested in undertaking renewable energy projects.

If you are interested in benefiting from this free service, please contact Leanne Breen (leanne.breen@actionrenewables.co.uk) at Action Renewables on 028 9073 7868 for further information or visit www.actionrenewables.org

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