Agri Business/Food Survey – we need your help!

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is currently in the process of developing an innovative Agriculture Strategy. The Agriculture Industry is the underpinning industry in the ABC borough and at the heart of so many businesses. The growth of mainstream agriculture including the agri-food industry, manufacturing, machinery and haulage/transportation of agri-commodities, are all interdependent on the success of the Agriculture Industry.
By taking a strategic approach to the agriculture industry, ABC council aims to help set the direction for all associated businesses, including agri-food, agri-business and agri-tech in the borough.

Feedback has already been gathered from farmers within the borough to help shape the strategy – and now we need to hear from agri-businesses to help continue this development. A survey has been developed to help collect the thoughts of those working within the agri-business sector.
Consultation with agri businesses across the agriculture industry is valuable in developing Councils Agriculture Strategy and provides agri businesses with an opportunity for input, leading to the development of creative and realistic recommendations to address opportunities and challenges for the industry within our Borough.
You are invited to take part in an online consultation which opens Monday 5 July 2021 until Friday 30 July 2021. We would be grateful for your feedback and to this opportunity to input, share your ideas and suggestions on the agriculture industry in our Borough.

To access the survey please follow this link:

Please allow 20 – 25 minutes to complete this survey.

Thank you for your time

Rural Business Development Grant Scheme

Funded by DAERA, this Scheme is administered through local councils. It can provide funding of up to 50% of costs for capital items up to a maximum of £4,999. The minimum grant awarded will be £500. The total cost of the capital project must be a minimum of £1,000 and must not exceed £20,000. Applicants must provide the remaining match funding towards the project.

This is a competitive process and all grants awarded will be determined on the base of merit.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 Noon on Friday 30 July 2021, application form and supporting documentation should be emailed to

This scheme accepts application and claim documentation in electronic form only. You must use the same email address throughout the process for submitting your application and any Letter of Offer and claim documentation.

Application Form and Guidance notes can be found on the Council’s website

Information Workshops will be held early July, for more information and to book a place, please email

PLEASE NOTE: Previous applicants who have received financial assistance from the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme in 2019-20 or 2020-21 are not eligible to apply.

Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme

The Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme is a pilot Scheme which will provide a grant to rural community and voluntary organisations to deliver capital refurbishment works to rural halls, with the intended aim of keeping community facilities viable and to support existing rural organisations to remain sustainable and identify new volunteers.

The link to the Guidance Notes and Application Form can be accessed at

Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme

DAERA are delivering a Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme for capital grants of between £5,000 – £40,000.  For more information, visit or email

The guidance notes and application form are attached as documents below this notice.


Please note that you can only apply for a grant from either the Rural Micro Business Growth Scheme or the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme.


Tourism Industry Scheme


Tourism Northern Ireland  is pleased to announce the launch of the Website Development Programme 2020-21.

 Helping providers to sell their experiences through website development. 

Calling all tourism providers who have plans to enhance visitor experiences through website development. This programme is managed and operated by Tourism Northern Ireland in partnership with Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

This programme opens on 20 July 2020 and more information is available in the link below and on the attached document.




TRPSI Rural Business Development Grant

TRPSI Rural Business Development Grant Scheme

Applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme will open on Monday 3 August. If you’re a small rural business based in the borough, you may be eligible for a grant of up to £4,999 to purchase equipment, machinery or support building works. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the scheme will help sustain and support the development of our local rural businesses. Applications will close at 12 noon on 11 September 2020.


Contacts below for further details;

Tel: 07785 517483 or 07702696260




Small Grants for Rural Businesses

Applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Pilot Scheme are now open. The scheme is being funding through the Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme on behalf of DAERA and offers rural businesses up to £4999 for the purchase of capital items.


Applications close at 12 Noon on the 18th December. Application forms and Guidance notes are accessible from the Council’s website: . Application forms can be emailed to, or can be post/ hand delivered.


For further information contact the Economic Development team on 028 4066 0609.

SOAR Programme Now Closed

SOAR (ABC) is now closed to any new applications. Our programme is now nearing an end and all letters of offer have to be committed by Sept 2019.

DAERA are currently starting to plan for a new Rural Programme but it this probably wont be open to later in 2021.

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