First step towards rural development funding

EXPRESSIONS of interest from community groups thinking of applying for rural development funding have been invited by South & East Cork Area Development Ltd (SECAD).

SECAD is a community partnership company that invests in and supports a range of projects and initiatives based on a sustainable development plan.

Groups should return completed expression of interest forms by next Wednesday.

This does not constitute a formal application for funding or commit a group to making a full application, but will enable SECAD to plan for proposed applications. Groups who should complete the form include those who have spoken to staff at SECAD about initial project ideas but have not yet made a formal application for rural development funding, and those who have an idea for a project which could be carried out before 2013 and which may require rural development funding, but have not yet spoken to SECAD.

For advice, email to or call 021-4613432.

nSECAD has also agreed to fund up to four eligible participants in the two-year NUI Diploma in Rural Development course which will commence in October.

This course, delivered by distance learning, is aimed at staff or volunteers working in rural development. The cost is about €3,910.

Participants from SECAD area should contact the organisation immediately to be considered for bursaries.

More details are on the website.

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