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Council calls for grant applications from rural micro businesses

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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) is delighted to announce the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme will open on July 1 for applications from rural micro-businesses.

This grant scheme is part of the Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme fund-

ed by the Department for Agri-culture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

It will close at noon on July 30 and offers capital grants of up to £4,999.

On this occasion LCCC will be also administering grant applications to the scheme from the rural areas of Belfast City Council in addition to its own.

Those who have previously benefited from grant assistance under this scheme can therefore not apply.

Speaking about the upcoming programme, Alderman Amanda Gre-

han, Development Committee Chair-

person, said: “Given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our lives and the significant financial uncertainties within the economy, we are delighted to get another opportunity to offer this small capital grants scheme to local non-agricultural businesses within our council area and neighbouring Belfast area.

“The TRPSI programme is de-signed to support businesses to recover, sustain and grow.

“I would encourage all smaller rural businesses to consider this

great opportunity to avail of financial assistance, especially if they have been impacted by the past year’s events.”

Eligible applications must be from existing micro-businesses with less than 10 full time employees.

The total capital costs of the projects must be between £1,000 and £20,000. The capital grants are capped at £4,999 at a match-funding rate of 50 per cent from DAERA and 50 per cent from participating businesses. The minimum grant awarded will be £500.

Examples of eligible expenditure include: new capital equipment/machinery; computer equipment and software; and e-commerce websites.

Previous rounds of TRPSI were very popular and well received.

Lucy Wallace, proprietor of in klöver Limited, speaking about the programme, said: “The programme is a great opportunity for rural businesses and support is provided throughout the application process.

“The financial support enabled us to purchase computer equipment which we then used to work on our website.

“We are now able to showcase the work of local artists and makers online and offer click & collect and delivery to customers across the UK and Ireland.”

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