Monday, 29 November 2021

New DAERA Grants and Funding Hub

Find grants and funding supporting local farming, fisheries, rural business, communities and environmental NGOs with a new tool from DAERA.

A new one-stop online funding hub has been launched by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). The Grants and Funding Hub will provide users, at a glance, with information about the schemes DAERA offers, help them easily determine eligibility, and provide details about how to apply and who to contact for further information.

In addition to signposting current opportunities, it includes details of existing and legacy schemes to help users better understand the types of funding offered by DAERA. It also has links to other government funding available and provides contact details for support organisations that can help applicants avail of funding.

Complementing the hub, a new text alert service has been established. The service will allow those interested in schemes to sign up to be alerted when new opportunities are available, be reminded of closing dates and signposted to other useful updates. Subscription is easy - simply text DAERAGrants to 67300 for free updates by SMS.

Find the latest opportunities on the DAERA Grants and Funding Hub:

Monday, 22 November 2021

Minimum wage rates increase from 1 April 2022

 National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increase from 1 April 2022.

Employers should be aware that all minimum wage rates increase on 1 April of each year. This includes all National Minimum Wage rates and the National Living Wage rate. The new minimum wage rates apply to eligible workers in Northern Ireland from 1 April 2022.

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Economic Recovery Innovation Grant

A new £4 million innovation grant for SMEs opens for applications
Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) has launched the Economic Recovery Innovation Grant (ERIG) to support small and medium-sized businesses to develop and implement innovative projects.

ERIG will provide up to £5,000 to help businesses develop new, or improve existing products, services or processes through innovation. The grant will support eligible costs, including:
  • testing and developing new products or processes
  • equipment
  • skills development
  • marketing
  • consultancy
ERIG is open to any business that can demonstrate it meets all the eligibility criteria.

How to apply
Complete the Eligibility Checker to find out if you are eligible to apply.