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The Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme is a pilot Scheme, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs which will provide a grant to established Social Enterprises to increase their capacity, potential profitability and sustainability whilst supporting those who live in rural areas.

Grants of between £50,000 to £100,000 are available to Social Enterprises who meet the scheme qualifying criteria and are successful in a competitive process:

  • The Scheme will target established Rural Social Enterprises who have been trading for more than two years.
  • The project must be located in a rural area.

NB:  A call for Expressions of Interest will close at 3pm on Monday 14th November 2022.

Definition of a Rural Area

For the purposes of this Scheme rural is defined as all those areas outside the statutory development limits of those towns with a population in excess of 5,000 inhabitants – Rural Definition Sheet.

Online Pre-application Workshops

Three online pre-application workshops have been arranged to provide detail on the scheme and the application process, weeks commencing 17th and 24th October 2022. It is recommended that anyone wishing to apply to the scheme should register to attend one of the webinars.

Date Time How to Register
Friday 21st October 2022 1.00pm Information & Registration.
Monday 24th October 2022 7.00pm Information & Registration.
Wednesday 26th October 2022 7.00pm Information & Registration.

Click here for further information on the application process and contact details.