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The Rural Micro Capital Grants Scheme 2020 is NOW OPEN!

Opens for applications from Monday 7th September, closes at 12 noon on Friday 2nd October 2020.

This Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.   The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2020 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 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 building(s) / assets)
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Health and Wellbeing

The total project cost must not exceed £3,000 and applicants must provide a minimum of 15% match funding.

The scheme is being delivered by County Down Rural Community in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area, Ards & North Down Council area and Lisburn & Castlereagh Council area.

Download the application forms and guidance notes below:

Application forms and guidance notes North Down & Ards Council area and Lisburn & Castlereagh Council area:

RMCGS 2020 Guidance Notes for Applicants – Ards

RMCGS 2020 Application Form – Ards

Application forms and guidance notes Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area:

RMCGS 2020 Guidance Notes for Applicants – Down

RMCGS 2020 Application Form – Down

Applicants are strongly advised to attend a pre-application workshop, see details below:

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