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£500k Portrush grant scheme launched in advance of The Open

Portrush traders are being invited to submit applications to a new Department for Communities (DfC) £500,000 grant programme, which is designed to improve shop frontages in advance of The Open. Pictured launching the scheme are William Cameron and Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Joan Baird.

PORTRUSH traders are being invited to submit applications to a new £500,000 grant programme, which is designed to improve shop frontages in advance of the Open Championship. The major golf tournament, which is being hosted at Royal Portrush returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951 next year.

Funded by the Department for Communities (DfC), the Revitalise Scheme allows traders to apply for grants up to the value of £5,000 for each property.

The scheme is part of the wider £17million Portrush Regeneration Programme.

DfC regional development office deputy director, William Cameron said the grant scheme is "great opportunity" for local businesses to improve the appearance of their premises.

"It will help to ensure the town of Portrush is looking its very best in advance of The Open's return in 2019," he said.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Joan Baird, added: “This funding will make a real difference as Portrush prepares to capitalise on its position as host of The 148th Open. Working together, Council and DfC want to create a lasting legacy for the resort which leads to growth and prosperity. The Revitalise Scheme, targeted at the business community, will help to transform the town's built environment and enhance its overall appearance. As part of the wider regeneration programme it will ensure a memorable experience for visitors in 2019 and beyond.”

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