DAERA Rural Micro Capital Grants Programme 2017 Opens

05 September 2017

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 scheme is being delivered by the Rural Support Networks on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. Application forms, guidance notes and further advice and information is available from the Rural Support Network in your council area, details below.

Key objectives
The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2017 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.

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 2017 will be open for applications from Monday 4 September until 4pm on Friday 29 September 2017.

For further information about the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2017, please contact the Rural Support Network for your council area.

Guidance Notes and Application Forms for the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2017 can be downloaded from your local Rural Support Network websites.

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.


Antrim & Newtownabbey and Mid & East Antrim

South Antrim Community Network (SACN)
https://www.facebook.com/South-Antrim-Community-Network-120614424769642/
Tel: 028 9447 8645
e-mail: wendy@southantrimcommunitynetwork.org

North Antrim Community Network (NACN)
www.nacn.org
Tel: 028 2177 2100 e-mail: grants@nacn.org


Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon

The Armagh, Down and Antrim Network (TADA)
www.tadarsn.com
Tel: 028 3839 8888 e-mail: info@tadarsn.com


Causeway Coast and Glens

North Antrim Community Network (NACN)
www.nacn.org
Tel: 028 2177 2100 e-mail: grants@nacn.org


Derry and Strabane

Rural Area Partnership in Derry (RAPID)
www.rapidni.com
Tel: 028 7133 7149 e-mail: philip@rapidni.com

Dennett Interchange
Tel: (028) 71 397990
e-mail: dennettinterchange@gmail.com


Fermanagh and Omagh

Fermanagh Rural Community Network (FRCN)
www.fermanaghrcn.org
Tel: 028 6632 7006 e-mail: info@fermanaghrcn.com

Omagh Forum for Rural Associations (OFRA)
www.omaghforum.org
Tel: 028 8825 1559 e-mail: info@omaghforum.org


Mid Ulster

Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN)
www.cwsan.org
Tel: 028 8773 8845 e-mail: microgrants@cwsan.org

Community Organisation of South Tyrone and Area (COSTA)
www.costaruralsupportnetwork.org
Tel: 028 8555 6880 e-mail: info.costa@btconnect.com


Newry, Mourne & Down; North Down & Ards and Lisburn & Castlereagh

County Down Rural Community Network (CDRCN)
www.countydownruralcommunitynetwork.com
Tel: 028 4461 2311 e-mail: info@countydownrcn.com


The Closing Date for Applications is 4PM on Friday 29 September 2017