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Rural Business Development Grant Scheme

  • Rural micro businesses in Belfast

    The Rural Business Development Grant Scheme provides small capital grants to rural micro businesses in Northern Ireland. We are administering the rural business grant programme for rural micro businesses in Belfast. Eligible social economy enterprises and businesses in rural parts of Belfast can apply for a grant from 3 August 2020.

     

  • Rural business grants

    Capital grants up to a maximum of 50 per cent (between £500 and £4,999 for projects costing up to £20,000) are available to existing micro businesses in rural areas of Belfast. You can apply for a grant to help your business recover, become sustainable or to grow and diversify. The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) funds the capital grant scheme and the Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme.

  • Capital costs for a business

    Grants are only for capital items to help your business recover, become sustainable or grow and diversify.

    You can apply for eligible items including:

    • computer equipment and software
    • E-commerce websites
    • new equipment/machinery
    • capital costs to make health and safety changes to working practices and alterations to premises due to coronavirus (COVID 19) restrictions
    • building works to bring an area of a building back into use or improve or change the building's use
  • Applying for a rural business grant

    To apply to the scheme, your business must:

    • be in a rural area of the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area
    • be an existing, registered business
    • be actively trading commercially
    • have a limited company number or your self-assessment number
    • have a bank account with a recent bank statement
  • Micro businesses

    Micro businesses and social economy enterprises are eligible to apply. A micro business is a business employing less than ten full time employees, based on full time 30 hours a week and part time at least 16 hours a week.

  • Rural areas in Belfast

    To be eligible for funding through Belfast City Council, your business must be in a rural part of the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area. To check if your rural business is in an eligible area, you should contact us by email: economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk

  • Application form and guidance notes

    To request an application form and guidance notes, you should contact us by email: economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk

  • Closing date for applications

    You must return the application form and supporting documents by email: economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk before 12 noon on Friday 11 September. We will not accept late or incomplete applications.

  • Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme

    The Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme's (TRPSI) Rural Business Development Grant Scheme aims to support the sustainability, survival and development of micro rural businesses across Northern Ireland by providing a small capital grant for the business.

    The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) funds the TRPSI Programme.

     

  • Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme

    Under the growth scheme, DAERA can pay capital grants over £5,000 to eligible rural micro businesses. Applications close on 31 August 2020. If you apply to the micro business growth scheme, you cannot apply to the micro business development scheme.

    For more information on the growth scheme, go to:

    You can also contact DAERA by email: RBCI.programme@daera-ni.gov.uk   

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