Council funding is bringing new Agri-Food ideas to life

Companies in the agri-food sector across Mid and East Antrim could benefit from funding to help them transform new project ideas into reality, thanks to a new scheme launched by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 5:00 pm
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor, Peter Johnston

Now open, the aim of the Agri-food Demonstrator Pilot Grant Scheme is to enable eligible businesses in the agri-food sector within Mid and East Antrim access support for small scale demonstrator projects.

Companies with an idea for an agri-food project can avail of funding to scope out the viability of a new technique or to demonstrate and test a new product for a target market. The Scheme will provide financial support of up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of £1,500.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston said: “As a Council we are continually investing time, money and resources, proactively seeking ways to assist companies within the Borough grow and develop. Mid and East Antrim has a rich heritage in the wider agri-food sector and, with almost 30% of our businesses in this sector, the Borough is renowned for its strong capabilities and outputs in agriculture, food production and processing.

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“Our newly launched Agri-food Demonstrator Pilot Grant Scheme will give these companies the opportunity to invest in an idea for a new product, process, technique or service. With only a limited amount of funding available for this pilot phase of the Scheme, I would encourage anyone with an interest in this sector to access the guidance notes online, check eligibility for the scheme and apply.”

The Agri-food Demonstrator Pilot Grant Scheme guidance notes and application form is available via online Grant Portal: https://mea.eformz.info/

For information on the scheme please contact Connor O’DornanbStrategic Projects Officer Email: [email protected]

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