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Rural Business Development Grant: Antrim and Newtownabbey events

14 November 2019

Free information workshops providing details on the Rural Business Development Grant

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is holding two workshops to provide details about the Rural Business Development Grant, which is open for applications between 18 November 2019 and 12:00 on 18 December 2019.

Through the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) programme Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI), capital grants up to a maximum of 50 per cent grant rate are available to existing micro enterprises based in a rural area. Grant aid of between £500 to £4,999 is available for capital projects costing up to £20,000.

The funding is open to all types of rural businesses, excluding mainstream agriculture, and aims to sustain existing businesses or support businesses to develop and grow. Types of projects that may be eligible for funding include purchase of new equipment or machinery, or minor building works.

Rural areas are those areas with less than 5,000 residents and outside of designated urban areas. In Antrim and Newtownabbey, this includes the villages of Ballyeaston, Ballynure, Ballyrobert, Burnside, Doagh, Parkgate, Straid, Templepatrick, Toome and all outlying rural areas.

The scheme cannot support businesses based in urban towns of Antrim, Ballyclare, Crumlin, Glengormley and Randalstown, nor within the Newtownabbey Urban Area or the Belfast Metropolitan area, including Mallusk.

Event details
These information workshops will provide more details about the scheme, the application, assessment and claims process.

Antrim workshop
Date: Thursday 21 November 2019
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Antrim Civic Centre

Newtownabbey workshop
Date: Thursday 28 November 2019
Time: 19:00 - 20:00
Location: Mossley Mill

Find out more and register for one of the Rural Business Development Grant events.