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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development


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.

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


Loddon Test Valley

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

Dawn Hamblin

Amber Kell

Emily Preston

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.