Micro Food Business Investment Scheme

The Micro Food Business Investment Growth Scheme will support existing micro food and drink manufacturing businesses who have been trading for over two years and are processing primary agricultural and horticultural produce. It is intended that projects funded under this scheme will provide direct benefits to the supply chain by improving commercial links between Northern Ireland food processors and the farmers and growers, who produce the raw materials, particularly the local farmers and growers.

The purpose of the grant is to enable businesses to:

  • commence supplying to the retail or distribution industry; or
  • increase the quantity of products being sold to the retail or distribution industry; or
  • move into sales outside of Northern Ireland.

Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 will be available.

There are 2 stages to the application process.  First, you must submit an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) form.  If we endorse your EOI, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Scheme Information and Eligibility Criteria

Full information on who can apply, what is eligible for assistance, and how to apply is detailed in the Scheme Information booklet.

The Scheme will open to Expressions of Interest from 8 March 2021, when the EOI and guidance notes for completion of the form will be available from this web page.  You are advised to take this opportunity to read the Scheme Information, and to carefully consider the Priorities for Funding and Eligibility Checklist prior to the release of the EOI form.  The Eligibility Checklist is comprehensive but if you have any questions we can be contacted at: mfbis@daera-ni.gov.uk

The closing date for submission of Expressions of Interest will be Thursday 15 April 2021.

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