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Rural Business Grants


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 3 August 2020 and 12noon on 11 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.

Building works to bring an area of a building back into economic use or improve/change the use of the building. 

Further details on what is eligible and not eligible is available in the guidance notes.

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.

A short presentation has been prepared to talk you through the scheme and application process  

Is my Business Based in a Rural Area?

Businesses must be based in a rural area within the Derry City and Strabane District Council. A rural area is defined as an area with a population of less than 5,000 residents. Culmore, Drumahoe, Nixons Corner, Coshquinn, Newbuidlings and Strathfoyle are defined as rural and are eligible for this programme.

 If you’re unsure if your business location is eligible, contact e-mail [email protected] or telephone 02871 253 253 ext 4265 or 07525708399.

How do I apply?

The application form will be available to download from this website from Monday 3rd August 2020.




Fully completed application forms with supporting documents must be submitted by 12noon on Friday 11 September.  Applications should be submitted via email to [email protected].  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.