Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2018

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 DAERA. 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 2018 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 2018 will be open for applications from  Monday 10 September until 4pm on Friday 5 October 2018.

For further information about the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2018, please contact the Rural Support Network for your council area. 

Rural Support Networks
NACN Tel: 028 2177 2100     e-mail: 
TADA  Tel: 028 3839 8888     e-mail: 
RAPID Tel: 028 7133 7149       e-mail: 
Dennett Interchange Tel: (028) 71 397990    e-mail:     
Omagh Forum  Tel: 028 8825 1559      email: 
CWSAN Tel: 028 8773 8845      e-mail: 
COSTA Tel: 028 8555 6880      email: 
Co Down RCN Tel: 028 4461 2311     e-mail: