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THE Down Rural Area Partnership (DRAP) will be opening invitations for grant applications on 9am Friday 7th January until Monday 14th February closing at 4pm. People with potential development projects within the area of Ards, Banbridge, Down and North Down can apply.

The funding for projects will be made through the NI Rural Development Programme 2007-13. The categories for funding include Diversification into Non-Agricultural Activities, Business Creation and Development, Encouragement of Tourism Activities, Conservation and Ungrading of the Rural Heritage.

Guidance notes can be found on the DRAP website at www.downruralareapartnership.com

There will be public information evenings in the following venues:

Ards Business Centre – 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th January.

Banbridge Enterprise Centre – 7.30pm on Thursday 13th January.

Signal Centre, Bangor – 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th January.

Down Business Centre – 7.30pm on Thursday 20th January.

Further information can be obtained by phoning 028 91820748.

Note: applicants must have started the planning process if a planning permission is required.

All applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis, and this is not a guarantee of funding.