Support for Creation and Development of Rural Business

Aim: To provide support for the creation and development of micro and small enterprises (including social economy, farm diversification and private tourism businesses) in rural areas in order to:

Create Employment Opportunities

Create Employment Opportunities

Create Employment Opportunities

Improve Capital Infrastructure

Create Employment Opportunities

Generate Additional Income

Create Employment Opportunities

Develop the Local Rural Economy

To be classed as a micro/small enterprise or social economy enterprise and be eligible for support under this measure, businesses (including linked companies) must employ less than 50 full-time (or equivalent) staff.

For examples of micro-business projects supported, please view the Current Projects page

Activities which may be eligible for support under this Measure include: Light Engineering & Manuacturing, Crafts, Traditonal Skills, Innovative Services.

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What Funding is Available?

Type of Business Minimum Grant Maximum Grant
New Micro Business Capital Grant £5,000 £30,000
Existing Business Capital Grant £5,000 £50,000
All Technical Support and Marketing Application (web and non web based) £500 £5,000

Please note grant aid is available to both the private and social economy sectors at 50% match funding. For example, if your total eligible project cost is £40,000, you can apply to GROW for a maximum grant of £20,000.

If technical support and/ or marketing is included in an application, the overall maximum grant aid amount ie. £30,000 for new micro business and £50,000 for existing micro/ small business, will reduce by the amount of the technical support and/ or marketing element within the limits above.

Getting in Touch

If you would like to speak with someone directly

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GROW is unable to fund:

Please note: these lists are not exhaustive and each application is considered on an individual basis. Please contact GROW directly for any specific queries/ eligibility checks.