Other Funding Sources

Rural Development Programme England (RDPE) 

There are a range of programmes aimed at the agricultural sector under the RDPE.  These vary in size, availability and application process, see links below:

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) 

  • £2,784,740 for ‘Rural Business Development Grants’ – Farm businesses diversifying into non-agricultural activity and new or existing micro and small businesses (including social enterprises) in rural areas can apply for capital grants between £35,000 and £170,000… 
  • £7,540,000 for ‘Food Processing Grants’ – New or existing food and drink processing businesses… 
  • £2,088,555 for ‘Rural Tourism Infrastructure’ – Rural businesses, farmers, landowners, charities and public bodies can apply for capital grants from £35,000 for projects that improve the local rural tourism offer by delivering new or enhanced rural tourism assets and infrastructure.

Further details at: http://heartofswlep.co.uk/news/new-eu-funding-available-rural-tourism-businesses-heart-south-west/ 

And to see the ‘calls’ and apply go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme