Business Development

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Business Development grants are for capital investments that create or grow micro and small businesses in rural areas. The aim is to grow the economy of rural areas and create new jobs.

The first call, which closed in May 2018, made grants available to small rural businesses, including farmers who wanted to diversify.  The funding is helping to pay for things like constructing or improving buildings and buying new equipment and machinery.  Grants of £50,000 to €200,000 (approx £170,000) were available in Cornwall and £10,000 to €200,000 on the Isles of Scilly.

For details of the current call for project ideas see the Active Calls tab.





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Active Calls

EAFRD Call For Proposals: Deadline 1st January, 1970

Rural Development Progamme: Business Development, Food Processing, Tourism Infrastructure

Three funding calls have been announced by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) that will support business development in rural communities.  Funding is available across three themes:

  • Food Processing –  Grants between £20,000 – max £750,000 for SME  food and drink businesses that process agricultural and horticultural products, to help with job creation and economic growth of rural areas.


  • Business Development–  Grants between £20,000 – max £175,000 for small or micro businesses to help with job creation and growing the economy of rural areas.


  • Rural Tourism Infrastructure– Grants between £20,000 – max £175,000 for small or micro businesses with a project that would encourage more tourists to come and stay in rural areas.

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is aligned to the wider European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

The calls are open to food and drink processors, farmers, rural businesses (including social and community enterprises) and rural tourism providers.  All projects must be located in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly area.

How to apply

Details of how to apply and funding theme handbooks are available on the RDPE website

Calls close: 16 February 2020



There are no further calls at present

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