Rural Business Development Grant Scheme

This Scheme, funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affair’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme, is now open for applications.

Rural business development grants of between £500 and £4,999 are available to micro enterprises based in a rural area to support them in the recovery or sustainability of their business following the COVID-19 pandemic and support existing businesses to grow and develop their business

The total project cost must not exceed £20,000. Projects must clearly address an issue of rural poverty and / or social isolation and applicants must provide a minimum of 50% match funding.

The Scheme is being delivered by local councils on behalf of DAERA

DAERA are also delivering a Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme for capital grants of between £5,000 - £40,000.  For more information, visit or email

Please note that you can only apply for a grant from either the Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme or the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme.

The Rural Business Development Grant Scheme is open for applications between Monday 3rd August 2020 and 12 noon on Friday 11th September 2020

Application Forms, Guidance Notes and further advice and information are available from your local councils, details below

Local Council Contact Details

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