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Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme

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Please Note: Businesses can only apply to one of these schemes, either the Rural Business Development Grant scheme, or the Rural Micro Business Growth scheme, not both. 

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.


The Scheme Information explains what the grants are for, who is eligible and how to apply.

Funding for grants under this pilot Scheme is limited and must be spent in the current financial year ending on 31 March 2021. Your grant application will be in competition with others for the available funding and your application may not be successful.

The application process will have 2 stages:

  1.  You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. The information you provide on the EOI form will be used to check that both the business and project are eligible.
  2.  If invited to submit a full application, you will have to provide more information that will allow  further assessment of your project and your business.

This pilot Scheme is being delivered directly by DAERA.  

Visit the DAERA website for more information and to access the expression of interest or email RBCI.programme@daera-ni.gov.uk.

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