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New tranche of rural business grants launched


The next tranche of the Government’s Rural Business Support grants are now open to applications.

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Grants funding for between £35,000 and £140,000 is available to aid rural businesses
Grants funding for between £35,000 and £140,000 is available to aid rural businesses

A new tranche of Government funded grants for rural businesses has been launched and is open for applications.


As part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), the Business Support scheme offers grant funding for between £35,000 to £140,000, at 40 per cent of eligible costs.


It is hoped the grants will help micro and small businesses in rural areas create new jobs, improve tourism and support farm businesses looking to diversify into non-agricultural activities.


Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas currently open for applications include:

  • Hampshire
  • Surrey
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Thames Valley
  • Staffordshire
  • Dorset
  • Lancashire
  • Cheshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Worcestershire
  • Leicestershire
  • Derbyshire


Included within the EAFRD are food processing grants, for businesses which process agricultural and horticultural products.


These grants aim to help businesses gain access to various national and international markets, by developing new or existing products, by creating new processing facilities.


Rural tourism is also on the Government agenda for grants, with small scale tourism infrastructure and tourism co-operation funding available for applications.


While the small scale tourism infrastructure grants are available to help tourism grow in rural areas by attracting more visitors, the tourism co-operation grants are to improve co-operation in the rural tourism sector in order to increase visitor numbers to specific destinations.


Deadlines for the grants are either November 27, 2015 or January 8, 2015 depending on their location.


FG Insight Grant Checker

Grant Checker is an online tool that allows you to look up and research agricultural grants, loans and scholarships available to you as a farmer.


You can access the Grant Checker via your desktop computer, tablet or a mobile device to search grants based on your location and age.


For more information about this, and other grants available to you, visit FG Insight's Grant Checker by clicking here.

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