EU Leader II award
RURAL development projects in Wales and Northern Ireland are to receive £13.3m from the European Commission.
The money, granted under the commissions Leader II programme, is for "innovative projects that make the most of local resources in rural areas". These include initiatives to develop biofuels and expand tourism.
In Northern Ireland, the £8.5m provided by the EU will be supplemented by £4.5m from the government. The deadline for applications to the Department of Agriculture is Apr 28. *