Rural Business Grants of up to £4,999

Capital grants up to a maximum of 50% grant rate are available to existing micro enterprises based in a rural area to support them to recover, sustain or grow through DAERA’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme.  The scheme is open for applications between 1st July 2021 and 12 noon on 30th July 2021.  Grant aid of between £500 - £4,999 is available for projects costing up to £20,000.  On this occasion we will be delivering the scheme to rural areas of Lisburn, Castlereagh and Belfast.

What can I apply for?

Grant aid is available for a range of capital items to help your business recover, become sustainable or to grow and diversify.  Eligible items include:

  • Computer equipment and software
  • E-commerce websites
  • New equipment/ machinery

Is my Business Based in a Rural Area?

Rural areas are those areas with less than 5,000 residents and outside of designated urban areas. The scheme cannot support businesses based within the urban limits of Lisburn, Belfast, Dundonald or Carryduff.
If you’re unsure if your business location is eligible please ask for further details.

How do I apply?

Please contact the team by email: or call 028 9244 7447.

Future Call for Applications

Previous rounds of funding have proved highly popular.  A total of nearly £130,000 has been grant aided to 43 micro business across Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area to date.

To be placed on our contact database for future programmes please contact email: or call 028 9244 7447.