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Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2022

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Information providing a brief overview of the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2022 which opened on Monday 5th September for applications.

We are endeavouring to reach those community and voluntary groups that have missed out on such funding opportunities in the past so any assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme  2022

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 2022 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 themes:

  • Modernisation  (of premises / assets)
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Energy Efficiency / Environmental Improvements
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In recognising the impact of Covid 19, and the need for investment to reopen and safely operate venues, eligible costs may include structural alterations, e.g. ventilation systems for rooms without windows; heating rooms previously unused rooms to provide more space; removing walls to improve space and improve distancing. Furthermore, goods which have a degree of permanence (anticipated to have a life beyond 1 year) or can be permanently affixed to the venue can also be considered eligible. This would allow items including sanitiser stations, perspex screens, signage, floor markings, refillable spray bottles, automatic doors, replacement furniture that can be wiped down and contactless thermometers.

The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2022 will be open for applications from Monday 05 September 2022 until 12 noon on Friday 30 September 2022.

For further information about the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2022, please contact the Rural Support Network for your council area who will provide the link to the Application Form for the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2022

*Please note, DAERA will only accept online applications to the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2022, application will not be accepted in any other format;

 Your Local RSN | The Local Rural Support Networks

Apply online:  https://daera.outsystemsenterprise.com/RMCGS/StartPage