Rural Social Economy Investment Scheme

DAERA has launched a new Rural Social Economy Investment Scheme.

This is a pilot scheme which will provide grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 (at 80%) to emerging and established rural social enterprises (trading for at least 12 months) in Northern Ireland to enable them to increase their capacity, potential profitability and sustainability whilst supporting those who live in rural areas.

DAERA has appointed Rural Action in partnership with the Rural Community Network (RCN) to carry out animation and pre-application support activities to assist potential applicants to access and apply to the scheme. This includes the delivery of 5 workshop webinars. The first of these is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 10th November 2020 at 10.00 am. If you would wish to attend to find out more about the programme you can register online at

The scheme is now open for applications and will close 5 p.m. on Friday 11th December 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

More information on the full support available can be accessed at

For information on the scheme and how to apply please visit the DAERA website at

We would appreciate if you can target this information to rural social enterprise organisations that may be interested in applying to the scheme.

A FAQ log will be maintained and is available at should you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.