Join the wider LAG of GROW

20 August 2015

GROW (Generating Rural Opportunities Within) South Antrim is the Local Action Group delivering Priority 6 of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.  The Programme is strategically delivered by a Local Action Group (LAG) comprising local Councillors and social partners who represent the business, community, agriculture and statutory sectors.  The LAG is supported by a wider Local Action Group, which comprises people who live or work in the area and who are interested in developing their local rural area.

GROW now invites applications from persons wishing to be considered for appointment as members of the wider Local Action Group; this is a voluntary position, however reasonable expenses will be reimbursed for eligible travel costs incurred.  Wider LAG Members support the LAG to implement the Rural Development Programme by shaping the Strategic Plan, participating in assessment panel meetings and taking part in thematic activities. This position provides a rewarding opportunity to make a real difference to the local rural society and the economy. Funding is allocated by GROW to eligible rural applicants across a range of thematic measures and there is also an opportunity to work with LAGs throughout the UK, ROI and Europe on a co-operation basis.

GROW welcomes applications from all sections of the community regardless of political opinion, religious belief, marital status, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, age or whether or not they have dependents. Members are expected to attend a minimum of two annual meeting; those who wish to participate in assessment panels or thematic activities will be asked to attend meetings more frequently as and when required.  Applicants must be aged 18 or over at the time of application and must live or have a significant interest in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area.

 For further information and to request an application form please contact: Dawn Hynes, GROW South Antrim, c/o Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, BT36 5AQ. T. (028) 9446 3113 Ext 31401. E. dawn.hynes@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

Completed application forms should be returned to the address above.  Membership is subject to approval by the full GROW South Antrim Local Action Group.