RDPE Growth Funding Grant

tractorNew grant funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development has been introduced by way of 3 different grants; Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure.

Farmers could be eligible for a Growth Programme Grant if your business is carrying out a project that will create jobs or bring more money into the Rural Economy, including diversification projects. Grant funding can help pay for constructing or improving buildings, or buying new equipment and machinery.

Usually you need to apply for a minimum of £35,000, although this can vary in some LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership). There is a two part application process, starting with the expression of interest – once an application has been made, it will be assessed to see how well it fits the priorities.

UK moneyThe number of grants awarded depends on the total amount of grant funding available in each LEP area.

If RPA assesses that your expression of interest is suitable, they will invite you to submit a full application.

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 31 May 2018.

Further information and Handbooks for the three individual offers are available to download here.

Alternatively, you can call us on 01608 661666  to speak to our Rural Department.