New EAFRD to help create new jobs for Rural Businesses

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has opened a new call under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) worth £35 million.

Rural businesses across the country are set to benefit from a further £35 million worth of funding to create new jobs, boost tourism and unlock growth in rural areas.

This new programme will provide grants of up to £750,000 for rural start-ups and businesses to purchase state of the art equipment and machinery to grow their business or open up opportunities for tourism.

For this funding round of the Growth Programme, the threshold for minimum grants has come down from £35,000 to £20,000, which means an increase in the number of small or micro-businesses are eligible for a grant funding.

To find out more about this growth programme, the RDPE or the EAFRD, click here

 

How to Apply

The RDPE Growth Programme handbooks contain information on which projects are deemed eligible for a grant and how to apply.

Interested parties need to send an Expression of Interest form to the Rural Payments Agency, outlining how they meet the criteria for the scheme.

If the Rural Payments Agency considers the project to be eligible, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application. The deadline for all Expressions of Interest is Sunday 16 February 2020.

 

Want to attend an event?

Click here to view all the upcoming EAFRD events which are FREE to attend and enable you to learn more about this programme.

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