Last chance to express interest for rural business growth grants

Rural businesses encouraged to apply for a share of £50 million grant scheme

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Rural Payments Agency say that there is over £50 million of government funding for rural businesses and local organisations up for grabs with a little over a week left to apply.

The government is encouraging rural businesses, start-ups and enterprises to apply for a share of its Growth Programme, which provides grants from £20,000 up to £750,000 to boost productivity, create local jobs and increase tourism. 

To apply for this funding, interested parties need to send an Expression of Interest (EOI) form to the Rural Payments Agency outlining how they meet the criteria for the scheme by midnight on 16 February. Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full application.

To find out more, visit the RDPE Growth Programme handbook on GOV.UK which contains information on which projects are deemed eligible for a grant and how to apply.