Rural Business Development Grants up to £4,999 - All Council Areas

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The Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme’s (TRPSI) Rural Business Development Grant Scheme aims to support the sustainability, recovery and development of rural micro-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

 

Level of Grant

The Scheme can provide funding of up to 50% of costs for capital items up to a maximum of £4,999.  The minimum grant awarded will be £500. The total cost of the capital project must be a minimum of £1,000 and must not exceed £20,000. Applicants must provide the remaining match funding towards the project.

This is a competitive process and all grants awarded will be determined on the basis of merit.

Businesses who previously received funding under the 2020-21 TRPSI Rural Business Development Scheme are not eligible to apply to this programme.

 

The Programme will be open for applications as follows:

  • Opening date: Wednesday 4 May 2022
  • Closing date:   Tuesday 31 May 2022 at 12 noon

 

What can I apply for?

The grant covers you for a brand new ecommerce website of upgrade of an existing website.

 

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

 

Is my Business Located in a Rural Area?

If you’re unsure if your business location is eligible, let us know and we can check for you.

 

How do I apply?

This is an online application process. Your application and supporting documents must be submitted via (link available from 4th May 2022) and uploaded by 12noon on Tuesday 31st May 2022. The online system closes at this date and time and therefore no late applications will be accepted. It is recommended that you register, complete and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

 

Please note the following pre-requisites:

  • Your business must be located in a rural area & have less than 10 full-time equivalent employees.

  • You have not received funding under last year’s (2021) TRPSI Rural Business Development Grant Scheme (If you received funding from the Scheme in 2019 or 2020 then you are eligible to apply this year)

  • The total cost of the capital project must be a minimum of £1,000 and must not exceed £20,000 of project costs. 

  • The project must not have started and the proposed works must be completed by 31 October 2022.

  • You must attend a pre-funding workshop before the application call closes.

 

It is anticipated that grant offers will be made in late August / early September 2022, and your project cannot commence until you receive a formal offer of funding. 

 

Pre Application Workshops (Only need to take place on one of these workshops)

For more information on workshops let us know and we can help.

Only those businesses who attend a mandatory workshop will be able to apply to the scheme.

 

How can I find out about the Grant funding?

To find out more about the scheme, the application, assessment and claims process, you should read the application guidance notes. A copy of the Guidance Notes available to download here

 

If you need any guidance on applying for this please email us on info@d4webdesign.co.uk or call 07595310125

 

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