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Rural Business Grants


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 1 July 2021 and 12noon on 30 July 2021.  Grant aid of between £500 - £4,999 is available for projects costing up to £20,000.

Businesses who previously received funding under the 2019-20 or 2020-21 TRPSI Rural Business Development Scheme are not eligible to apply to this programme.   

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 due to COVID 19 restrictions.

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, email [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 Thursday 1 July 2021.  

DAERA PowerPoint Presentation

TRPSI Guidance Notes

TRPSI Application form

Fully completed application forms with supporting documents must be submitted by 12noon on Friday 30 July 2021.  Applications should be submitted via email to [email protected].  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Do you require support with your application?

Derry City & Strabane District Council can provide support and guidance in relation to your application, please contact us before 15 July should you require assistance with completion of your application.