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 Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2019 has been designed to:
o Help rural community-led, voluntary groups to address local issues of access poverty, financial poverty and social isolation; and
o Improve the lives of rural communities, and in particular the wellbeing of isolated individuals.
Projects must focus on one of the following three themes:
o Modernisation (of premises / assets)
o Information Communication Technology (ICT)
o Health and Wellbeing
Open for applications from Monday 2nd September 2019 closes at 4.00 pm on Friday 27th September 2019.
Application forms, guidance notes and further advice and information is available from the Rural Support Network in your council area. For more information about these grants click here. 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.