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Currently closed for applications.  It is anticipated that this will reopen in Autumn/Winter 2023.

The 2022 guidance notes below may change for any future rounds of RBDS funding.  They remain online as an approximate guidance only for potential applicants.

If and when it reopens, it is likely to remain open for a 4 week period only.  We will share details in our weekly business support ezine, our social channels and our daily whatsapp group.  To ensure you get this notification in a timely manner, please visit our Keep in Touch page.





Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme

Rural Business Development Grant Scheme 2022 




The Rural Business Development Grant Scheme is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) as part of the Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme.

The Scheme is being administered by local Councils




1.0 Introduction 

1.1. Background to Grant Programme

1.2 Levels of Grant Award

1.3 Who can apply?

1.4 Who cannot apply?

1.5 What can be funded? 

1.6 What cannot be funded?

1.7 What should I submit with my application?


2.0 How to answer the questions


3.0 How we assess and score your application

3.1 Eligibility Assessment

3.2 What if an application is not eligible?

3.3 Assessment and Scoring

3.4 How decisions are made

3.5 What happens if an application is successful?

3.6 What happens if an application is unsuccessful?

3.7 Grant Application Assessment Schedule

3.8  Application Process



Appendix 1

Local Council contact details


Appendix 2

1 Publication of Data

2 Data Protection Act

3 Freedom of Information Act

4 Equality


You may access each of these sections by clicking on the left hand menu.  Or download the PDF version of these guidance notes in full at the link below.

RBDS Guidance Notes for 2022