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Rural Business Development Grant Pilot Scheme

Rural Business Development Grant Pilot Scheme

The Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme’s (TRPSI) Rural Business Development Grant Pilot Scheme aims to sustain and support the development of micro rural businesses across Northern Ireland by providing a small capital grant for the business.  The TRPSI Programme is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, and this grant Programme is administered and managed by local Councils.

This is a pilot capital grant scheme to support the purchase of new capital items or activities including equipment, machinery and building works, which cost no more than £20,000.  Examples of eligible expenditure includes computer equipment with associated software, new equipment or machinery, or minor building works to bring an area of a building back into economic use or improve/change the use of the building.

The Scheme can provide funding of up to 50% of costs for capital items up to a maximum of £4,999.  The minimum grant awarded will be £500.  The total cost of the capital project must be a minimum of £1,000 and must not exceed £20,000.  Applicants must provide the remaining match funding towards the project.

  • Businesses should employ less than 10 full-time equivalent employees
  • Businesses must be based in a rural area within the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. A rural area is defined as an area with a population of less than 5,000 residents. The urban areas of Craigavon Urban Area including Aghacommon, Banbridge, Armagh and Dromore are not eligible.
  • After receiving a Letter of Offer (estimated mid-February 2020) successful applicants must begin and complete their project by 31st March 2020.
  • Applicants must be aged 18 or above at the application deadline
  • Only one application can be accepted per business

A full list of eligibility criteria alongside details of who cannot apply can be found in the TRPSI Guidance Notes.

Applicants who are deemed successful must be able to attend a Letter Of Offer workshop w/c 10th February. Failure to attend these workshops will result in your Letter of Offer being withdrawn.

Applications must be received by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council by 12 Noon on Wednesday 18th December 2019. Any applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Applications can be post/hand delivered to TRPSI Programme, Economic Development, Old Technical Building, 3 Downshire Road, Banbridge, Co.Down, BT32 3JY. Posted applications which are not received by the Council before the closing time and date will not be accepted.

Applications can also be submitted via email to

Applications can be downloaded here

Further information on the programme and application procedure can be found in the Application Guidance Form