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Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme

Rural Affairs Minster Edwin Poots MLA has launched a £1.7 million stimulus fund to help rural and micro businesses expand, innovate and sustain rural communities.

Rural Affairs Minster Edwin Poots MLA has launched a £1.7 million stimulus fund to help rural and micro businesses expand, innovate and sustain rural communities. The Minister has called for applications to the £1million Rural Micro Business Growth Pilot Scheme and the £700,000 Rural Business Development Grant Scheme, during a tour of Hamilton Erskine Ltd in Ballygowan, manufacturers of specialist Tecdur electrically switched privacy glass, where he met with the Directors.

Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme

The Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme is a pilot Scheme which will provide a grant to existing micro businesses to invest in innovation and new technologies which improve efficiency and productivity, create growth in the rural economy and make a positive climate related contribution. The Scheme will also fund new business start-ups that introduce new products or services to the market place.

More information on the application process can be found in the scheme information. The application process will have 2 stages:

Stage 1

You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. DAERA will use the information you provide on the EOI form to check that both the business and project are eligible.

Then DAERA will assess how well your project meets the Scheme priorities for grant. To do this, they will look at question 27 of the EOI (the ‘Strategic Fit’). If they endorse your EOI, they will invite you to submit a full application.

Stage 2

If invited to submit a full application, you will have to provide more information that will allow us to further assess your project and your business. The section titled ‘Full Application - What we look for’ in Section 3 of the scheme information, will give you an overview of what they will assess.

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The Rural Development section offers funding schemes to rural businesses.