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Rural Business Development Grant Scheme

DAERA are also delivering a Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme for capital grants of between £5,000 – £40,000.  For more information, visit or email

Please note that you can only apply for a grant from either the Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme or the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme.

Rural Business Development Grant Scheme – Opens Monday 3 August 2020

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.

Who can Apply?

  • Existing registered businesses that employ less than 10-full time equivalent employees
  • You must be an established business/ social economy enterprise, actively trading commercially and can provide self-assessment number or Limited Company details and sales turnover details.
  • You must be based in a rural area. A rural area is defined as an area with a population of less than 5,000 residents.
  • Only one application can be accepted per business/ legal entity.
  • Applicants must be aged 18 or above at the application deadline.

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.

Level of Grant Aid Available

Up to 50% of costs for capital items up to a maximum of £4,999. 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.

Is my Business in a Rural Area?

Rural areas are those areas with less than 5,000 residents and outside of designated urban areas. In Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the scheme cannot support businesses based in urban towns of Enniskillen and Omagh. If you’re unsure if your business location is eligible, contact e-mail

How do I apply?

The application form is available to download from this webpage from Monday 03 August 2020. You must download and save the document to your computer before completing otherwise your information may not save correctly.

Fully completed application forms with supporting documents must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 11 September 2020.

Applications in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area should be submitted via email only Late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.


Important: This grant scheme accepts application and claim documentation in electronic form. You must use the same email address throughout the process for submitting your application form and any Letter of Offer and claim documentation. If you have difficulty with submitting electronic forms, please contact the Economic Development Team.


For more information and to speak to a member of the Economic Development Team about your project:

Tel: 0300 303 1777 or



The Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme (TRPSI), is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and this grant programme is administered and managed by local Councils.



File Type Size Date
TRPSI Guidance Notes July 2020 pdf 610 KB 28th July 2020
TRPSI Application Form pdf 1,017 KB 3rd August 2020