RDPE Growth Programme: Business Development
Rural Payments Agency
You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.
There are 3 types of grant:
- Business development
- Food processing
- Rural tourism infrastructure
Grants of £20,000-£750,000 are available, with a minimum of 40% of eligible costs funded.
Who can apply
Small rural businesses – new or existing. That includes farmers who want to diversify into nonagricultural activity.
What the grants are for
Grant funding can help pay for:
• constructing or improving buildings
• buying new equipment and machinery
The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).
It is free to apply