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 4th May 2022 and 12 noon on 31st May 2022. 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
  • 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?

It is mandatory to attend a pre-application workshop in which guidance will be given regarding making an application to this scheme.  To register your interest in the scheme, receive your application pack or enrol for a funding workshop, please contact the team by email: grant.programmes@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or call 028 9244 7447.


Future call for applications

The previous three rounds of this funding have proved highly popular.  Over £200,000 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: grant.programmes@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or call 028 9244 7447.