Lagan Rural Partnership 

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 3rd August 2020 and 12 noon on 11th September 2020.  Grant aid of between £500 - £4,999 is available for projects costing up to £20,000.

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
  • Capital costs to facilitate health and safety changes to working practices and alterations to premises needed due to COVID 19 restrictions.
  • Certain types of Building works are eligible please ask for further details.

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

How can I find out about the Grant funding?

To find out more about the scheme, the application, assessment and claims process, you should read the application guidance notes available here

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, Dundonald or Carryduff.
If you’re unsure if your business location is eligible please ask for further details.

How do I apply?
Click here to download an application form.

Applications in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area should be submitted via email to  Applications can be also be submitted in paper copy addressed to Sarah Johnston, Programmes Manager, Economic Development, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, The Island, Lisburn BT27 4RL

Fully completed application forms with supporting documents must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 11 September.   Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Future Call for Applications

The first round of funding had a very positive response whereby a total of £30,893.24 was allocated to 8 microbusinesses across Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

To be placed on our contact database for future programmes please contact:

Jennifer Carberry 

Melissa Cunningham

Tel:  028 9244 7447