by Gráinne Connolly
Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership has awarded funding that will create 29 new jobs in the rural area.
It's through the roll out of its second call of the Rural Business Investment Scheme as part of the NI Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
In the first year of the scheme which opened in 2016/17, grants of £323,000 were awarded to 9 businesses in September 2016 and created over 15 jobs.
Now in its second call for funding which opened last October, grants of over £470,000 have been awarded to 8 projects, creating the 29 new jobs.
The businesses to secure funding in Tyrone are:
Ardstraw Quarries, Victoria Bridge - £50,000 (2 jobs)
Devine Memorials, Plumbridge - £50,000 (2 jobs)
Greg Mitchell Motors, Victoria Bridge - £90,000 (5.5 jobs)
Sayers Engineering, Castlederg - £90,000 (4 jobs)
Tiny Tots Day Care, Sion Mills - £50,000 (8 jobs)
3 businesses in Derry have also secured funding:
City of Derry Equestrian, Ardmore - £4,992
Foyle Golf Centre, Culmore - £90,000 (5.5 jobs)
Oakfire Adventures, Derry - £50,000 (2.5 jobs)
Chair of Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership, Councillor Patricia Logue said:
"We are delighted to be in a position to award funding to these local rural businesses and to offer them a chance to improve their services and grow their client base.
Availing of this funding has given them a competitive edge in what is a challenging and economic climate and we are delighted to be in a position to support the growth of these rural businesses and the creation of new jobs."
Between the first two calls of this scheme, almost £800,000 in funding has been awarded to rural businesses, with 17 grants supporting the creation of 44.5 jobs.