Rural Business Development Grant Scheme. 50% Funding Towards an E-Commerce Website


What is the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme

This scheme aims to support the sustainability, recovery and development of existing micro businesses located in rural areas of Northern Ireland by providing a small capital grant for the business.

Applications are now open and must be submitted no later than 12noon on Friday 30 July 2021.

How much is available?

Businesses can access a maximum grant of £4999 to support 50% of eligible costs for the project. The minimum grant level that can be applied for is £500, which means the minimum total project cost must be £1,000.  The maximum total project costs must not exceed £20,000.  For example, if you wanted to get the full grant available, an E-commerce Strategy costing £10,000 would only cost you £5,001.  On an average project costing £6,000, £3,000 would be reimbursed by the Rural Funding Development Grant.

What assistance can you expect?

The grant can go towards hiring an agency like ours to design and develop an E-commerce website, or to upgrade your existing website.

Who can apply for the grant scheme?

You can apply for the Rural Business Development Grant if:

  • You are an existing, registered private Business or Social Economy Enterprise that is actively trading commercially; evidenced by providing your self-assessment number or Limited Company details and sales turnover details.
  • You have not previously received funding under the TRPSI Rural Business Development Scheme in 2019-20 or 2020-21. 
  • Your business currently employs less than 10 full-time equivalent employees (based on full time 30 hours per week and part time at least 16 hours per week). *Full-time employee must work at least 30 hours per week. Part-time employees must work at least 16 hours per week.

How can we help?

Digital Drive is a specialist Ecommerce Web Design Agency based in Northern Ireland focused on one thing; helping businesses to increase sales through Ecommerce website design and marketing. We partner with Ecommerce businesses to drive more sales and revenue, helping them to build a bigger, better business.

If you’d like help checking eligibility or a chat over your options, click the button below to schedule a call with our team.

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