This Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.
The key aim of this Programme is to assist in tackling poverty and social isolation within rural communities across Northern Ireland.
For the Mid Ulster District Council area, CWSAN and COSTA are delivering this Scheme on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.
The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2020 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:
- Modernization (of building(s) / assets)
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Health and Wellbeing
- Micro Capital grants between £200 and £1,500 are available to rural community-led, voluntary organizations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and/or social isolation.
- The total project cost must not exceed £3,000.
Who can apply?
You can apply for a Micro Capital grant if:
- you are a not-for-profit community / voluntary organization;
- the organization is based in a rural area
- you have a formal signed Constitution or governing documents;
- you have a minimum of three people on your management committee (this must be clearly detailed within your constitution or governing documents);
- you have a bank or building society account in the name of your group, which requires at least two signatures for each withdrawal
- you can enclose a copy of your most recent signed Accounts or a signed Financial Statement. The Financial Statement must be signed by a person in authority within your organization, i.e. Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer;
- you need a capital grant between £200 and £1,500 for specific poverty or social isolation project
- You are the sole applicant and owner OR lease of the building for which the application to RMCGS 2020 is being made.
- You can provide two quotes (net after taking into account recoverable VAT) for each item to be purchased which are dated prior to the close of call and contain the supplier’s name. Email quotes are acceptable and should include any covering email. Delivery costs can be included as an additional cost
- Your organization can deliver the project, pay the Supplier and submit a grant claim by 31 March 2021 (including reimbursement of credit cards/loans);
- You are appropriately insured or prepared to obtain appropriate insurance if awarded a grant (building or contents insurance as appropriate).
- Applications will only be accepted for projects that are based in a rural area of Northern Ireland.