DAERA’s Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2017


This Scheme is funded by 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. 

Projects must clearly address an issue of rural poverty and/or social isolation and applicants must provide a minimum of 15% match funding.

The total project cost must not exceed £3,000

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 overleaf.

The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2017 (RMCGS 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 well-being 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 closing date for application is 4pm on Friday 29th September 2017.

For further information about the Scheme visit: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/rural-micro-capital-grant-programme-2016