The RDPE Growth Programme Grant has been updated as of the end of November. The Expression of Interest (EoI) deadline has been extended to 31st May 2018, from 31st January 2018.
The EoI is the first stage in the 2-stage application process for the Growth Programme grant. More LEP (Local Enterprise Partnerships) areas have also been added for the 3 different grants, including The Marches, Worcestershire and Lancashire. The deadline extension indicates that this funding is not being utilised and now is the opportunity to take advantage while it is still available.
The Growth Programme has three categories:
1. Business Development – for small rural business including farmers wanting to diversify
2. Food Processing – for food and drink businesses processing agricultural and horticultural products
3. Tourism -for small businesses and farmers investing in a commercial project, such as holiday lets.
Other grants are available, offering funding for a variety of businesses as well as smaller projects: LEADER and RDPE Countryside Productivity – Adding Value to Agri-Food and Farm Productivity.
For further information, please contact Prue Waterton at email@example.com or your local FCG office.