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.  Grant aid of between £500 - £4,999 is available for projects costing up to £20,000. The scheme is now closed for applications.  Any micro business based in the rural areas of Lisburn, Castlereagh and Belfast should register their interest.

A micro business is a business with less than 10 employees.

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
  • E-commerce websites
  • New equipment/ machinery

Further details regarding eligibility are available in the guidance notes, which can be accessed here .

Is my Business based in a rural area?

Rural areas are those 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?

The Rural Business Development Grant Scheme is closed for applications.  To register your interest in the scheme, please contact the programmes team by email: or call 028 9244 7447.

Future call for applications

The previous four rounds of this funding have proved highly popular.  Over £300,000 of financial assistance has now been grant aided to local rural businesses by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council through this scheme.

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