Rural Business Development Grant Pilot Scheme

The Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme’s (TRPSI) Rural Business Development Grant Pilot Scheme aims to sustain and support the development of micro rural businesses across Northern Ireland by providing a small capital grant for the business.  The TRPSI Programme is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, and this grant Programme is administered and managed by local Councils.

This is a pilot capital grant scheme to support the purchase of new capital items or activities including equipment, machinery and building works, which cost no more than £20,000.  Examples of eligible expenditure includes computer equipment with associated software, new equipment or machinery, or minor building works to bring an area of a building back into economic use or improve/change the use of the building.

Level of Funding Available

The Scheme can provide funding of up to 50% of costs for capital items up to a maximum of £4,999.  The minimum grant awarded will be £500.  The total cost of the capital project must be a minimum of £1,000 and must not exceed £20,000.  Applicants must provide the remaining match funding towards the project.

Is my Business Based in a Rural Area?

Rural areas are those areas with less than 5,000 residents and outside of designated urban areas. If you’re unsure if your business location is eligible, please submit a location query via the link below and a Member of the Economic Development Team will respond.

Submit Location Query

How can I find out about the Grant funding?

To find out more about the scheme, the application, assessment and claims process, download a copy of the Programme Guidance Notes available from the link provided below. 

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a member of the Economic Development Team: 

Telephone 0300 303 1777 or email

How to Apply:
Application Forms can be downloaded by selecting the link below, and must be received by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council no later than 12 Noon on Wednesday 18th December 2019.

Applications submitted after this date/time will not be accepted.

Click here to Download Application Form and Guidance Notes