Rural Business Grants of up to £4,999
Please note that this grant scheme is currently closed for new applications.
The Rural Business Development Grant Scheme is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) as part of the Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme.
Rural Business Grants of up to £4,999
Capital grants up to a maximum of 50% grant rate are available to existing micro-enterprises based in a rural area to support them to recover, sustain or grow through DAERA’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme.
Grant aid of between £500 - £4,999 is available for projects costing up to £20,000.
What can I apply for?
Grant aid is available to support the purchase of new capital items of equipment or machinery or to set up an e-commerce website that cost at least £1,000 and no more than £20,000.
Examples of eligible expenditure includes:
- Computer equipment e.g. computer laptop, printer.
- Computer software (outright purchase, ongoing license fees not eligible).
- E-commerce Websites to allow online purchase capabilities.
- New equipment/ machinery.
- Mobile machinery, such as scissor lifts, forklifts, ride-on lawn mowers.
- Covid-19 business recovery equipment, including free-standing screens and hand sanitiser units (the hand sanitiser is not eligible).
Please note: the maximum number of items, or groupings of items, that you can purchase under the scheme is six.
Is my Business Based in a Rural Area?
Rural areas are those areas with less than 5,000 residents and outside of designated urban areas. The scheme cannot support businesses based in the urban towns of Ballymena, Larne, or Carrickfergus, nor within the Mid and East Antrim Urban Area.
If you’re unsure if your business location is eligible, contact T: 028 25633266 or E. email@example.com
To date there has been four successful tranches:
- In 2019, 14 applicant’s received Letters of Offer totalling £45,041.
- In 2020, 33 applicant’s received Letters of Offer totalling £105,203.
- In 2021, 38 applicant’s received Letters of Offer totalling £78,185.
- In 2022, 33 applicant’s received Letters of Offer totalling £94,028.
Overall this totals £322,457 of grant funding that has been distributed to rural businesses based within Mid and East Antrim.
How do I apply?
The online system is currently closed to new applications but we do anticipate that it will open again in Spring 2023.
How can I find out more about the Grant funding?
To register your interest for any future programmes you can contact us by:
T. 028 25633266 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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