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Rural Basic Services

​​​​​​Derry and Strabane Rural Partneship

​​Budget: £2,955,900​

This scheme is now closed with all funding allocated.

The Basic Services Scheme provides capital support for community hubs which will help create inclusive, accessible, shared services in locations where there is currently a lack of existing or outreach services. Eligible applicants for the scheme include the community/voluntary/public sectors. The Partnership agreed to progress ‘targeted calls’ where projects:

  • Are part of a cluster with at least two other partners/groups;
  • Meet the overall priority of ‘Health & Wellbeing’; and
  • Include at least one absent or difficult to access service. 

The scheme provided the following grants:

  • Technical Support (£500 to £5,000) for feasibility studies/professional fees;
  • Small Grants (£10,000 to £50,000) for small-scale capital works or equipment;
  • Large Grants (£50,000 to £250,000) for larger capital works/projects.

The scheme opened for three calls between 2017 and 2019 with a deadline of 30th September 2019 to approve all grants.  The Partnership has awarded grants totalling £1.7 million which included 19 feasibility studies, 6 small grants and 9 large grants.  Click here for a final list of awards.

You can also see a short film on one of the Small Grants below - Learmount Community Development Group - awarded £20,000 to create a Dementia Friendly Hub in Park village. 


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