Clarke welcomes Rural Support Emergency Fund

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Friday, April 12th, 2013
Alliance Party Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed an emergency fund setup by ‘Rural Support’ to assist farmers and rural dwellers who have been adversely affected by the recent severe weather conditions. Rural Support was formed as a charity back in 2002 when the Foot and Mouth epidemic was having a severe impact on farmers and on the rural community as a whole. Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated, “I would like to commend Rural Support for trying to assist farmers and rural dwellers who were badly affected by the recent very adverse weather towards the end of March and prior to Easter through the setting up of this emergency fund. “Applicants who are in exceptionally difficult circumstances can apply and priority will be given but not exclusively to applicants in the Dromara Hills, and the Mournes and other parts of Northern Ireland such as the Glens of Antrim, and the Sperrins. “There are limited resources available so therefore funds will be limited to a maximum of £300 per application,” Clarke continued. “Applicants need to apply to Rural Support by completing a one page application form. The form can be requested from the Rural Support office by telephone 028 867 600 40 and is also available to be downloaded from their website . “It is great that Rural Support fully is able to make this small amount of money available which will go some way to solve people’s problems, and hopefully it will help to bridge a gap for some vulnerable individuals and families who find themselves in difficult financial situations at this time. “The fund will only consider applications that require financial support for emergency situations and where the applicant can provide evidence of the hardship that has been caused by the recent adverse weather. “For example the fund will consider applications that require financial support for emergency feed for livestock or emergency home heating. Clarke added, “The closing date is May 10th 2013 so I would encourage any farmers or rural dwellers who were badly affected by the recent adverse weather to make an application for financial assistance from the Rural Support Emergency Fund.”
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