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The Rural Business Development Grant

The Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme’s (TRPSI) Rural Business Development Grant Scheme aims to support the sustainability, survival 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 Aid

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. 

How to apply?

Applications can be made from Thursday 1st July until 12 noon on Friday 30th July 2021 via the Grants and Funding Hub -  

Late, or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If, after reading grant guidance notes, you would like to speak to a member of staff prior to submitting your application, please contact Bridget McCaughan on 07976510924 or via email

Rural Business Development Grant 2021 Guidance Notes