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Background to Grant 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 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 base of merit. 


Check Your Eligibility

Download the guidance notes below to assess your eligiblity.    If after reading the guidance notes, you wish to discuss a potential application with an officer, please email or phone 07976 510924


Apply Online from 3rd August

Applications can be made from Monday 3rd August. via the Grants and Funding Hub 

Guidance Notes for Rural Business Development Grant Scheme