Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme NOW OPEN

The RMCGS is now open for applications and will close midday on Monday 8th July – only RURAL groups can apply. 

NACN is delivering this programme on behalf of the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.   Capital grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available to rural community and voluntary organisations and Social Economy Enterprises for projects tackling local issues of poverty and / or social isolation, provided evidence from their application, constitution and accounts proves they meet all the criteria.

Projects must focus on one of the following themes: 

–  Modernisation (of premises / assets)

–  Information Communication Technology

–  Health and Wellbeing

–  Energy Efficiency / Environmental Improvements.

Applicants to the Scheme can apply for a minimum grant of £500 up to a maximum grant of £2,000, with a minimum of 15% match funding required from those organisations applying. In your area the scheme is being delivered by NACN on behalf of DAERA.

Applicants can apply using the following link;

We advise you to use the NIDirect route to apply and not Government Gateway. 

We will be running two workshops this week, to provide all the information you need to apply, both via zoom on Wednesday 19th at 10am and Thursday 20th at 6:30pm,  please sign up to learn more and to answer any questions you may have, register here –

The Scheme closes for applications at 12pm (midday) on Monday 8 July 2024.  

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Community Development Support Model – Opening Monday 8th April 2024 – Closed Now

NACN are working with the Public Health Agency and Partner Networks in the Northern Area to deliver this Model to support the implementation of the Protect Life 2 Suicide Strategy for Northern Ireland.

Northern Area Community Network will facilitate this process for the Ballymena, Ballymoney, Moyle and Larne areas.

Aims of the Model

Encourage communities to be pro-active in promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide. Capacity building, empowering resilience and providing support that promotes positive mental health and emotional well-being.

Fund initiatives that address and reduce underlying risk factors for example: Isolation and loneliness; Financial Stress, Relationship / communication issues, Stress, Bereavement support, Inability to access services, Unemployment, Financial Stress     

What’s available?

Resources to help communities run programmes between now and the end of January 2025 with financial assistance of up to £1000.  We will support proposals that address mental health and emotional wellbeing and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide. We particularly welcome smaller organisations that don’t have access to other funding or the organisational structure to deliver larger programmes. There is limited funding available. 

We would like to support your group to reach out locally and are asking for you to identify what is needed.  We are here to assist with planning and will consider funding local initiatives that improve morale and help people feel more resilient, supported and respected .  The project budget has to be shared widely across all communities and we ask you to plan prudently.  Your key role will be to identify need/s, suggest project ideas, get people to take part and to get their feedback afterwards.  

What next? 

Read the Guidance Notes and Complete an Expression of Interest Form

Closing date is Wednesday 8th May 2024 at 12noon

Complete an Expression of Interest Form to apply available to download below:

Guidance Notes available to download below:

Public Health Agency – Suicide Prevention Toolkit available to download below:

Northern Locality SPDO Toolkit

If you want to chat with a member of staff to discuss your idea please ring the office on 02821772100 or email Hannah / 07740282650