Agricultural Business Grants
At FCG we have sourced over £10m of funding for clients in the last few years. We are regularly consulted by various bodies on the structure of new grant schemes and help shape these to ensure rural businesses derive maximum benefit. Just one of the many areas we work in is detailed below.
The Rural Development Programme for England (2007-13) is the primary source of grant funding for farmers.
There are 3 streams to this funding:-
- Axis1: Established to improve the competitiveness of the agricultural sector. Administered by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP). This embraces innovation, efficiency and knowledge transfer e.g. renewable energy, processing and marketing of produce and setting up discussion groups.
- Axis2: Established to safeguard and enhance the rural environment. Administered by Natural England and the Forestry Commission. This embraces Environmental Stewardship Schemes and Woodland grants.
- Axis3: Established to foster competitive and sustainable rural businesses and thriving rural communities. Administered by LEP's. This includes diversification where there is a wider benefit, e.g. creation of workspace from redundant buildings and tourism (but not usually holiday cottages), and the Local Action Groups who are more community based.
All registered agricultural holdings are eligible.
All applications are competitive and attract a maximum of 50% grant.
No commitments must be entered into prior to approval.
Your local FCG office will have experience in all aspects of the RDPE from initial planning through to applying for and then claiming the grants. Every region has different interpretations of the above and with the current cutting of government spending casting doubt on all aspects of funding.
If you would like more information please contact your nearest FCG office.