£1million Rural Business Development Grant Scheme offering 50% funding towards E-Commerce Websites Image

The Rural Business Development Grant Scheme is now open for applications until noon on 30 July 2021, offering Northern Irish business a capital grant of up to £4,999 to invest in E-commerce Websites to allow online purchase capabilities.

Covid-19 has had a massive impact on businesses throughout Northern Ireland. This Grant aims to aid in the recovery or sustainability of rural, micro businesses.

Within the scheme, micro businesses in rural areas can avail of “E-commerce Websites to allow online purchase capabilities”, and our understanding is that this could include either a completely new e-commerce enabled website or an upgrade to an existing website.  

This is an incredible opportunity for any rural businesses who wish to develop or enhance their online presence.


Who is eligible to apply?

You can apply for the grant if:

  • You are an existing and actively trading registered business or Social Economy Enterprise based in rural areas (an area with a population of less than 5000 residents)
  • Your business currently employs less than 10 full time equivalent employees
  • You have not previously received funding under the TRPSI Rural Business Development Scheme in 2019-20 or 2020-21.


Key Dates:

Scheme Opens: 1st July 2021
Scheme Closes: 30th July 2021
Grant Offers issued: October 2021
Latest Completion Date: 17th December 2021


How to apply

Your application and supporting documents must be submitted by 12noon on Friday 30th July 2021 to your local Council. Details of your local council contacts can be found in the appendix of the Guidance Notes – https://www.midulstercouncil.org/getmedia/817bc32b-079c-41ba-9db5-225e2e016f7f/TRPSI-Guidance-Notes-July-2021_v3.pdf.aspx


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For more information on the scheme click here or if you have any further questions about developing an e-commerce presence please call us on 028 3754 9025.