The Rural Community Network has asked us to share details of the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2016 (Phase 3).
The Scheme (which is now open for applications) 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. Projects must focus on one of the following three themes (1) Modernisation [of premises or assets]; (2) ICT; or (3) Health and Wellbeing.
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. The Scheme is open for applications until noon on 30 September 2016.