This programme was established as part of the implementation of The Fit for Market Report, which was published by the Food Strategy Group in November 2004.
The programme provides financial support for initiatives which promote quality regional food and collaboration between members of the local agri-food supply chain.
Awards will be made on a competitive basis and only those applications that are judged to have best met the programme objectives will receive funding. New projects/events/programmes will be supported at a more favourable rate than established projects/events/programmes that have received support in the past
*to assist the NI agri-food industry to develop and expand profitable and sustainable markets;
*Registered Charities who plan to run events which include regional/local food and have an NI membership/remit.
*Not for profit regional development agencies
* Joint applications from agri-food groups and/or charities or regional development agencies
Individuals or companies cannot apply unless they fall into one of the above categories. For the purpose of this programme, the definition of regional food and drink is that it must be grown, processed and/or packaged in NI. It should meet at least one of the following requirements:
· Adhere to quality assurance schemes which are above minimum legal requirements.
· Exceed minimum national and EU legal requirements in relation to hygiene, traceability, animal welfare.
· Promote the EU Protected Food Name Scheme.
· Organic products
Successful applications to the NIRFP can obtain up to 40% financial contributions on eligible expenditure
Applications are particularly welcome for collaborative ventures involving two or more of these organisations working together to deliver the objectives of the programme.
Closing date for completed applications will be 12 noon on Wednesday 20 April.
An application form for funding can be downloaded here from the DARD website or obtained from:Ms Una Hollywood
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB
Tel: 028 9052 4497
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