EU Funding Seminar Set For Omagh

A MAJOR conference next week in the Omagh area will help local businesses and community organisations to maximize EU funding opportunities.

Hosted by Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson, the event takes places in the Mellon Country Hotel on Tuesday (August 27).

Key figures from local government, Stormont and the European Commission will address the seminar geared at encouraging local firms and
groups to take advantage of the many funds available from Europe.

It follows on from a visit to Omagh last month by the European Member of Parliament, where she met with local businesses and community organisations in the town.

Speaking ahead of the event, West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer said, “A key objective of this seminar is to inform people of the different funding
streams that are available for community projects and business development. There is a perception held by many that European funding begins and ends with PEACE but this is not the case, and Martina has lined up a number of key speakers who will give presentations on the various avenues that groups and businesses can go down to find new areas of funding.”

The speakers will include Denis McMahon, a senior official within the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister, Colette Fitzgerald, head of the European Commission office in Belfast and Richard Osterhus from Derry City Council’s European funding unit.

“We see this as an invaluable opportunity for small and medium enterprises and voluntary organisations to be informed of possible future strands of funding and we extend an open invitation,” added the Sinn Féin Assembly member.

The event on Tuesday will get underway at 10.30am in the Mellon Country Hotel, situated along the A5 between Omagh and Newtownstewart, running until 12.30pm.