GROW South Antrim – pre-application workshops for the Rural Business Investment Scheme

GROW South Antrim administers the Rural Development Funding Programme in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area.

If you run, or are planning to start, a business based in a rural location within Antrim and Newtownabbey, GROW has grant funding available under the Rural Business Investment Scheme, which (if your project is eligible) may help you to start, grow or diversify your business.

The levels of Grant funding available are outlined below:

Activity Lower Grant Maximum grant Level of support
New micro business capital grant £5,000 £30,000 Up to 50% grant rate for the private sector and social economy enterprises


Existing micro business capital grant £5,000 £50,000
Existing Small Enterprise capital grant £5,000 £50,000
Technical support and marketing projects(web and non-web based) £500 £5,000


There are a number of pre-requisites which you must meet at time of application, the first step is to attend a pre-application workshop, where these will be explained in detail, in brief:

  • You must be 18 years of age or over
  • You must have attended a pre-application funding workshop
  • You must have a business plan
  • You must have full planning permission in place
  • You must provide evidence of match funding
  • You must provide quotes to demonstrate the costs of the project

Pre-application Funding Workshops are planned for:

Day Date Time Location
Thursday 18th May 2017 10am – 12 noon Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey
Thursday 18th May 2017 6.30pm – 8.30pm Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 10am – 12 noon Antrim Civic Centre
Thursday 1st June 2017 10am – 12 noon Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey
Tuesday 6th June 2017 6.30pm – 8.30pm Antrim Civic Centre


Only businesses who submit an ‘Expression of Interest’ after having attended a pre-application funding workshop, and who are deemed eligible, will be invited to submit an application for funding.

If you have not attended a workshop, you will not be able to apply for funding


For further details of the GROW schemes, or to register for a workshop, contact:

GROW South Antrim, Telephone:  028 9448 1311