The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affair’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme. The key aim of this Programme is to assist in tackling poverty and social isolation within rural communities across Northern Ireland.
The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2016 has been designed to:
- Help rural community-led, voluntary groups to address local issues of access poverty, financial poverty and social isolation; and
- Improve the lives of rural communities, and in particular the wellbeing of isolated individuals.
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. Projects must focus on one of the following three themes:
- Modernisation (of premises / assets)
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Health and Wellbeing
The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme can provide up to 85% of the total cost of your project, up to a maximum grant of £1,500. Match funding for your 15% must be in the form of a ‘cash’ contribution. Labour or ‘in-kind’ contributions will not be accepted. In order to ensure that as many groups as possible get the opportunity to benefit from this Scheme, organisations will only be allowed to make one application to this Phase of the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme. NB The total project cost must not exceed £3,000.