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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

Overview

The Rural Development Growth Programme England provides funding for projects that create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Under the RDPE Growth Programme, there are grants for:

  • Business Development
  • Food Processing
  • Rural Tourism Infrastructure
     

The grants are funded through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). The Thames Valley Berkshire LEP area has a notional allocation of £1,125,081 and our priority is for this to be invested in projects that support business development and rural tourism.

Open Calls

Rural businesses across the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP area can now access £720,000 of EAFRD funding to grow companies and create jobs in rural communities.  Two calls are currently open which will support:

  • Business Development in rural areas
  • Tourism in rural areas
     

Business Development Call

Capital grants are available for investment to create jobs and grow rural micro and small businesses in the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP area. Priority will be given to projects that:

  • implement new technologies, processes or equipment to improve productivity
  • allow farm businesses to diversify into non-agricultural activities
  • construct and develop workshops, factories and other premises and facilities where there is clear evidence of need and demand

More information is available here.

Rural Tourism Call

Capital grants are available for investment to develop and grow tourism in rural areas. Priority will be given to projects that:

  • create or expand infrastructure to increase rural tourism including outdoor tourism, particularly cycling and walking
  • create or develop sustainable visitor attractions particularly culture and heritage attractions
  • create sustainable events and festivals
  • create new or develop existing quality serviced accommodation where:
    • there is clear evidence of need and demand, and
    • at least 4* accreditation rating or equivalent accreditation rating, and
    • for existing serviced accommodation it will be above the current accreditation rating

 

These grants will not support projects that:

  • refurbish, repair or maintain existing accommodation where the current standard of facilities and / or accreditation rating is retained

More information is available here.

Rural businesses in Thames Valley Berkshire may also be able to access LEADER funding:

LEADER (Liaison among Actors in Rural Economic Development) is an EU funded rural grant programme designed to support local businesses. The LEADER programme has been running across England for more than 10 years and a new round of grant funding will now operate until 2019. It is different to the EAFRD programme but we are working with the three LEADER groups to ensure that there is complementarity. There are three LEADER groups in Berkshire:

 

North Wessex Downs

Chiltern

Loddon Test Valley

Value £1,705,000 £1,515,000 £1,537,000
Contact

Dawn Hamblin
dawn.hamblin@wiltshire.gov.uk

Amber Kell
amber.kelly@ngagesolutions.co.uk

Emily Preston
Emily.Preston@hants.gov.uk

Area Most of West Berkshire Small area north of Maidenhead West of Wokingham including Arborfield, Spencers Wood, Burghfield
Map http://www.northwessexleader.org.uk/uploads/docs/NWD_LAG_map.pdf http://www.leader-programme.org.uk/areas/chilterns.html http://ruralfunding.co.uk/area/


LEP and LEADER boundaries have been included on MagicMap.

How to Apply

Click here for more information and to apply.