Rural Business Development Grant Scheme

Rural Business Grants of up to £4,999

The TRPSI Rural Business Development Grant Scheme opens for applications on Thursday 01 July 2021 and will close at 12noon on Friday 30 July 2021.

This scheme aims to support the sustainability, recovery and development of existing micro businesses located in rural areas by providing a small capital grant for the business.  Funding up to 50% of costs is available for projects to purchase capital items such as equipment, machinery or set up an e-commerce website. Grant aid will range from a minimum of £500 to a maximum of £4,999  and the total cost of the project must be between £1,000 and £20,000.

For further information and eligibility please refer to the Guidance Notes and Frequently Asked Questions below.

If you are considering making an application and would like further information, or discuss a potential project, contact a member of the Rural Development Team.

Fully completed application forms with supporting documents must be submitted via the online portal no later than 12noon on Friday 30 July 2021.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Apply Online
Method of contact Information
Telephone: 0300 303 1777: Rural Development Team

Who can apply

You can apply for a Rural Business Development Grant if you:

  • Have a business located in a rural area – Rural areas are those areas with less than 5,000 residents and outside of the designated urban areas.  Within the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area, a rural area is an area outside the Limit of Development of the towns of Enniskillen and Omagh;
  • Are an existing, registered private business or Social Economy Enterprise that is actively trading commercially;
  • You have not previously received funding under the TRPSI Rural Business Development Scheme in 2019-2020 or 2020-2021;
  • Your business currently employs less than 10 full-time equivalent employees (based on full time 30 hours per week and part time at least 16 hours per week).

Further eligibility criteria is available in the attached Guidance Notes.

File Type Size Date
Guidance Notes pdf 540 KB 28th June 2021
Frequently Asked Questions pdf 191 KB 2nd July 2021

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.