Rural Business Development Grant Scheme 2021

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Grant aid of £500-£4,999 for projects costing up to £20,000 for micro enterprises based in a rural area

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme 2021.

The scheme aims to provide grant funding to rural micro businesses to help with their sustainability and development, as well as assisting recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scheme details
Rural business development grants of between £500 and £4,999 are available. 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 per cent match funding.

Applications are welcomed from rural micro businesses who have not received a grant in the 2019 Pilot or the 2020 Scheme.

Find out more and apply
The scheme is being delivered by local councils on behalf of DAERA.

Application forms, guidance notes and further advice and information are available from your local council.

Find out more and apply for the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme 2021.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 30 July 2021.

First published 7 July 2021