Agri-food Demonstrator Pilot Grant Scheme


Companies with an idea for an agri-food project can avail of financial support of up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of £1,500.

Eligibility criteria:

Grants are available to support companies/entities in the agri-food, food and drink production, food and drink manufacturing and agri-technology/engineering sectors in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. The support is for small scale demonstrator projects in these areas.

The scheme is open to Northern Ireland based SMEs and social enterprises. This includes sole traders, partnerships, limited companies, new start-ups and pre-trading entities including individuals/potential entrepreneurs with a project that could be commercialised.

Who Cannot Apply?

The grant scheme cannot support:

  • Businesses based outside of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (ie with no physical presence in the Borough)
  • Retail businesses or businesses not trading within one of the sectors/areas outlined. 

Organisations with more than 250 FTE employees are ineligible.

Additional information:

Level of grant aid

The Scheme will provide financial support of up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of £1,500.

The minimum grant awarded will be £250. The total cost of the project must be a minimum of £500 and the maximum project cost is £10,000.

Applicants must provide a minimum of 50 per cent match funding required towards the project.

What can be funded?

This is an Agri-food Demonstrator fund which will provide financial support for the deployment of a process, technology or scientific approach to demonstrate something of value to potential customers. The programme will support the creation of 'small-scale demonstrator projects' to highlight techniques, products and services that will support higher margin profits.

'Small scale demonstrator projects' refers to a project, activity or exercise which demonstrates capability or improvement in a technique, product or service. For example, typical demonstration project might include testing or piloting of a new product processing capability for a prospective customer or consumer.

The scheme will also support completion of scoping/research exercises relating to viability, testing and demonstration of an innovative technique, product or service.

Expenditure must be directly related to activities or items required to demonstrate the project value to potential customers and must support testing of innovative techniques or products which focus on higher margin profits.

How to apply

The Agri-food Demonstrator Pilot Grant Scheme guidance notes and application form are available via the online Grant Portal.

There is a limited amount of funding available for this pilot phase of the scheme so it will close to applications once the funds are allocated.

Support organisation:
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Connor O’Dornan
07753 859 720
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