We believe that housing and rural development go hand-in-hand. Rural development is of limited value if there are no decent homes for people living in rural areas. However decent housing is of limited value if it is not supported by a thriving economy and a vibrant, sustainable community.
We are involved in a range of activities to support rural communities. These include:
- carrying out home improvements
- supporting and promoting community development
- providing community funding
- supporting the provision of social and affordable housing
Our Rural Strategy and Action Plan (2016-2020) details how we will continue to support rural communities. It also highlights our links with key partners. These include:
In order to support the delivery of the 2014-2020 NI Rural Development Programme we currently provide match-funding of 15%, up to a maximum of £20,000, for applications made under the Basic Services and Village Renewal measures. Through this initiative we aim to support the efforts of rural communities in providing access to services and opportunities and enhancing their local environment.
Applications have now closed for the 2018/19 match-funding initiative. If further match funding becomes available it will be advertised here.