Are you thinking of starting your own business or have a business idea? Would a grant of £1,000 help you to turn that business idea into a reality? In order to provide much needed support to budding entrepreneurs, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has launched the COVID-19 Recovery Start-Up Grant Programme.

The council recognises that new business starts are the lifeblood of a competitive economy. They offer new and diverse employment opportunities and give consumers greater choice. 

This new grant programme will provide much needed support to business starts and social entrepreneurs across the council area and will allow those considering starting their own business to hit the ground running, turning their business idea into reality.

The delivery of this new grant scheme is part of the council’s wider campaign to drive COVID-19 recovery across Lisburn Castlereagh. 

The aim of the programme is to:

  • foster innovative ideas that have the potential to boost economic development;
  • inspire and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship; and
  • allocate a cash grant of up to £1,000 to participants to provide financial help towards the marketing of products, capital costs, rent, set-up costs, or cost of renovating premises etc (subject to all approval being in place).

Participants must complete the Go For It Programme in order to submit an application for COVID-19 Recovery Start-Up Grant Programme, which provides professional business start-up mentoring and support tailored to your business idea. Please note that all measures are in place to comply with all necessary guidelines and all meetings can be conducted virtually.

The grant will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to eligible participants who plan to start a new business within six months.  The scheme will close on 24th March 2021. At this point, those who have received a letter of offer must have submitted their completed claims.   

This is the first call for applications under this programme and further calls may be announced in due course. For full details please download the guidance notes and application form and checklist.

For questions relating to the Grant Programme please email or contact the council's Business Support Helpline on 077 1526 9688. For information on the Go For It Programme call 0800 027 0639 or book online at here.

This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.