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Keep up-to-date with business funding opportunities, from support available via the Council to central government and other sources of funding.



Current Opportunities



Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme  2017

This Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.

Micro Capital grants of between £200 and £1,500 are available to rural community-led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and / or social isolation. 

The total project cost must not exceed £3,000

Projects must clearly address an issue of rural poverty and / or social isolation and applicants must provide a minimum of 15% match funding.

The scheme is being delivered by the Rural Support Networks on behalf of DAERA. 

The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2017 has been designed to:

  • Help rural community-led, voluntary groups to address local issues of access poverty, financial poverty and social isolation; and
  • Improve the lives of rural communities, and in particular the wellbeing of isolated individuals.

Projects must focus on one of the following three themes:

  •   Modernisation  (of premises / assets)
  •   Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  •   Health and Wellbeing

Guidance notes and application forms for this scheme can be downloaded from your local Rural Support Network websites.

If you are unable to download the Guidance Notes and Application Form, hard copies are available by e-mailing or phoning the Rural Support Network in your council area.

For further information please contact the Rural Support Network for Mid Ulster District Council area:

  • Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN)
    www.cwsan.org, Tel: 028 8773 8845, e-mail: [email protected]
  • Community Organisation of South Tyrone and Area (COSTA)
    www.costaruralsupportnetwork.org, Tel: 028 8555 6880, ​e-mail: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday 29 September 2017.

The Skills Focus Programme Subsidised Training for Business

South West College can provide bespoke training for staff in your business leading to a recognised qualification. The Skills Focus Programme has been designed to increase the skill level of the existing workforce and covers 75% of the costs of training. 

South West College can work with you to design, build and deliver a tailored training plan with provision in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Engineering (Welding including coded, Autocad, Solidworks, Lean Manufacturing, Hydraulics);
  • Tourism & Hospitality (Supervising Food Safety, Customer Service, Wines & Spirits, Food Hygiene);
  • Health & Social Care (Childcare, Social Care);
  • Business and IT (Team Leading, Supervisor Training, Coaching & Mentoring; E-marketing, Microsoft);
  • Motor Vehicle (Accident Repair, Diagnostics);
  • Leisure (Fitness Instructing).

Funding is available to cover all accredited training courses at Level2 and above.

For further information please contact:

Nicola Quinn at Innotech Centre, South West College

Tel: 028 8225 5223

Email: [email protected]

Or visit: www.swc.ac.uk


In an ever changing and increasingly competitive marketplace, innovation is integral to business growth and success.

With Co-Innovate, you can learn about the benefits of innovation, identify opportunities for growth in your business and create a vision to make it happen.

Co-Innovate, a new programme supported by the European Union's INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, will help you harness ideas to:

  • Work smarter
  • Equip you for future challenges
  • Add value to your business
  • Help you stand out from the competition
  • Boost your bottom line.

Co-Innovate will give you the tools and tailored support to help you innovate, differentiate and compete successfully.

Every company's innovation needs are different so each company's journey through the programme is unique.

The programme offers graduated levels of support including free workshops; individual business health checks; detailed innovation audits; sectoral networks; project management placements and one-to-one expert mentoring.

Is my business eligible?

If you're an SME from the manufacturing and tradable services sectors, from the eligible regions*, you can apply.

Priority sectors include renewable energy, life and health sciences, and agri-food. However, we welcome applications from all eligible businesses.

Simply register your interest at: co-innovateprogramme.com/register

Access Expertise to develop your business with Invest NI

What could a £5,000 Innovation Voucher do for your business?

An Innovation Voucher provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert Knowledge Provider from a University, College or other Public Sector Research Body bringing new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.

Typical projects we support include:

  • Ideas for new or improved products, processes and services
  • Access to information and expertise on new materials
  • Tapping into research and scientific expertise

For more information and to find out if your business is eligible, please click here


If you are a micro business or know someone who is, then check out the support available through InterTradeIreland's Elevate programme. Aimed at companies with under 10 employees who want to grow their business by identifying new customers and markets - up to £5000 in consultancy support is now available.

InterTradeIreland is now actively looking for companies. The programme is 100% funded by InterTradeIreland and the application process is simple.

Support is available for:

  • Sales Leads
  • Sales Negotiations
  • Market Research
  • Developing of Marketing Materials

Further information is available by clicking here by telephoning 028 3083 4145.