Grants and Funding

Rural Business Grants

Grants Folders

The Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme’s (TRPSI) Rural Business Development Grant Pilot Scheme aims to sustain and support the development of micro rural businesses across Northern Ireland by providing a small capital grant for the business. The TRPSI Programme is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, and this grant Programme is administered and managed by local Councils.

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 sustain or grow through DAERA’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme.  

The scheme is open for applications between 18 November 2019 and 12noon on 18 December 2019.  Grant aid of between £500 - £4,999 is available for projects costing up to £20,000.

How can I find out about the Grant funding?

To find out more about the scheme, the application, assessment and claims process, you should register and attend our workshop:




Thursday 28 November 

6pm – 8pm

Ballymena North Business & Recreation Centre, Cushendall Road, Ballymena

You can register for the workshop by contacting:

T: 028 2563 3266 or

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 2563 3266 or

How do I apply?

The application form will be available to download from this website from Monday 18 November 2019.

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Fully completed application forms with supporting documents must be submitted by 12noon on Wednesday 18 December 2019.  Applications in the Mid and East Antrim area should be submitted via email to:

E: or hand/post delivered to:

TRPSI Programme

Investment & Funding Unit
Silverwood Business Park
Michelin Site
190 Raceview Road
BT42 4HZ

For more information – contact us on:

T. 028 2563 3266 or