To get an indication of whether your project may be suitable for funding, you may submit a short (two page) registration form. This does NOT constitute an application for funding. If the proposal is eligible in principle you will be advised to go through a full application process. Equally if your proposal is deemed ineligible you will be notified and if appropriate, directed towards another funding body. Alternatively, contact the GROW team who will chat through your proposed project.
How To Make An Application
The first mandatory stage of applying for GROW funding is to attend a pre-application workshop. These will be announced on the website and social media and in the local press, or contact the office to find out when these are next scheduled. The workshop MUST be attended by someone who has authority to sign on behalf of the applicant (eg Business Owner, Company Director, or Committee Member (for community applications).
After the workshop, you will be invited to submit an Expression of Interest for funding – a short (four page) form. This does NOT constitute an application for funding. If the proposal is eligible in principle you will be invited to apply under a closed call for application. This application call will not be publicised as it is only open to those who attended a workshop and submitted an eligible Expression of Interest.
A link to the DAERA website will be made available to applicants to download the application form. There are also pre-requisites to applying for funding, and these must be submitted before the application closing date. The pre-requisites are:
- You must have a business plan – for a new business, contact the Go for It Programme (0800 027 0639), or for an existing business a template which must be used will be provided after the workshop
- You must have full planning permission in place for your project
- You must provide evidence of match funding
- You must provide quotes/tenders to demonstrate the costs of the project which follow the programme procurement guidance which will be provided at the workshop.
- 2 years of previous accounts (existing businesses only)
Completed applications along with all pre-requisites should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and cc’d to email@example.com by the closing date/time.
Please Note that all project details and information will be treated with the strictest of confidence.
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How To Make An Application
A site visit will be carried out to verify the application and gather additional project details.
Applications will be subject to an economic appraisal checklist and checks with statutory agencies as necessary for eligibility and funding duplication purposes. The project will be scored against set criteria by a sub-group of the Local Action Group and their recommendation will be subject to approval to the Local Action Group Board.
After this stage the applicant will be informed of the decision and either a letter of offer issued, further information sought or the reasons for rejection provided. The Letter of Offer will be accompanied by a list of eligible expenditure and the amount and percentage of aid granted.
For monitoring and evaluation purposes the project promoters will also be liable to inspection from local, national or EU level personnel after final payment(s) are made.
Please Note That This Is A Competitive Process And Projects Must Score Over The Minimum Funding Threshold To Be Considered For Funding.
Timescale For Applications
To enable us to administer the grants in an efficient manner, GROW South Antrim will have a series of application calls for all programmes. Details of closing dates will be available on the ‘What’s happening?’ section of our website or by contacting the GROW office. We aim to have applications assessed and decisions made within 90 working days of the closing date.
If you have questions at any stage of the application process, please contact us and we will provide you with any advice and information you may need.