Application Process

As a pre-requisite all applications submitted to the Partnership must already have the following:

• attended a pre funding workshop* (hosted by Ards and North Down Rural Partnership);
• business plan – all new businesses requesting capital support must undertake the Regional start Initiative run by the local Enterprise Agencies. Existing businesses must follow the Enterprise NI business plan template, available on request;
• Rural Basic Services & Village Renewal applications must complete a project business plan template, available on request;
• full planning permission, if required;
• the necessary quotations and project costs; and
• evidence of match funding.

If you wish to register your interest in any of the schemes please complete the online enquiry form and you will be notified of any future pre application workshops.


Useful Contacts

Ards Business Centre
Sketrick House
16 Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH
028 9181 9787
North Down Development Organisation
Enterprise House
2-4 Balloo Road, Bangor BT19 7QT
028 9127 1525
Planning Section
Ards and North Down Borough Council
2 Church Street, Newtownards BT23 4AF
0300 013 3333

Economic Development Section
Ards and North Down Borough Council
Signal Centre, 2 Innotec Drive, Balloo Road, Bangor, BT19 7PD
028 9147 3788

County Down Rural Community Network
Ards Community Network Centre
43-45 Frances Street, Newtownards BT23 7DX
028 9182 8884