Rural Awards scheme is now on offer

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Rural communities in the Upper Bann area are being urged to enter the NI Housing Executive Rural Awards scheme.

Deadline for the submission of applications to the 2016 Rural Community Awards is 4pm Friday 29 July.

There are four prizes of £1k being awarded to help and support those communities working to improve their area.

The Housing Executive’s Rural Awards aim to improve community spirit within rural neighbourhoods and there are two categories: The Cleaner and Greener Award and The Community Spirit Award, which are open to all rural neighbourhoods, not just Housing Executive estates.

Within each category there are two prizes, one for villages with a population of less than 1,000 and one for populations of 1,000-5,000.