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.
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
- Business Development
- Rural Tourism Infrastructure
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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