Grants and Funding

Rural Business Grants of up to £4,999

This scheme is now closed.

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. 

The scheme is open for applications between Monday 3 August 2020 and 12noon on Friday 11 September 2020.  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 for a range of capital items to help your business recover, become sustainable or to grow and diversify.  Eligible items include:

  • Computer equipment and software.
  • E-commerce websites.
  • New equipment/ machinery.
  • Capital costs to facilitate health and safety changes to working practices and alterations to premises needed due to COVID 19 restrictions.
  • Building works to bring an area of a building back into economic use or improve/change the use of the building. 

Further details on what is eligible and not eligible is available in the guidance notes.

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 online workshop:

You can register for the workshop by contacting T. 028 25633266 or E.

You should also read the application guidance notes available here.

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

How do I apply?

The application form will be available to download from this website from Monday 3 August 2020.

Fully completed application forms with supporting documents must be submitted by 12noon on Friday 11 September 2020.  Applications in the Mid and East Antrim area should be submitted via email to

Guidance Notes

Application form

For more information – contact us on:

T. 028 25633266