The next round of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) has been launched (1st November 2019), covering many of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas in the country.
RDPE provides funding for projects in England that create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Under the RDPE Growth Programme there are grants for business development, food processing, and rural tourism infrastructure. The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF), and are delivered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).
This blog focuses on the Food & Drink Processing sector but details of business development and rural tourism support can be found on the same link below.
Unlike the business development and rural tourism elements of the RDPE scheme, which are postcode sensitive, it is possible for a food & drink processor to be located in an urban area provided they can demonstrate a benefit to rural areas.
The application process is in two parts, typically taking between 5-6 months. There is an Expression of Interest deadline of 16th February 2020 and final claims submitted by 30th September 2021, subject to availability of funds. Further details can be found here.
To discuss this or other potential grant and funding opportunities, contact Ewan McClymont, Grant Services Director.