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Briefing event for potential Rural Development Programme for England grant applicants

New grant funds have recently been released for rural businesses in Devon and Somerset, and potential applicants are invited to a briefing event on Friday 24 March to find out more.

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme is a new fund offering grants for rural businesses and economic projects. Businesses with projects that will create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy could be eligible for grant support. 

In conjunction with the Rural Payments Agency and the Heart of the South West Growth Hub, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is holding an event for rural businesses and organisations wishing to apply for RDPE grants and help them find out more. 

Taking place on Friday 24 March, from 10.00am - 1.00pm at Cullompton Community Centre, the agenda will feature speakers from the grant administrators, the Rural Payments Agency. Topics covered include: 
  • The strategic context for RDPE Growth Programme activity in the Heart of the South West
  • An overview of the RDPE Growth Programme and how to apply
  • Q&A sessions with the Rural Payments Agency, and 
  • Information on wider business support available through the Heart of the South West Growth Hub. 

The event is free to attend, but booking is strongly advised as tickets are available on a first come-first served basis, and are limited to one place per organisation. Book your place. Refreshments will be available from 9.30am.

RDPE Investment is available under three headings: 

  1. Rural Business Development Grants – Farm businesses diversifying into non-agricultural activity and new or existing micro and small businesses (including social enterprises) in rural areas can apply for capital grants between £35,000 and c. £170,000 to support business start-up or expansion.
  2. Food Processing Grants – New or existing food and drink processing businesses (including farm businesses diversifying into food and drink processing) can apply for capital grants from £35,000 to support business start-up or expansion. 
  3. Rural Tourism Infrastructure Grants – Rural businesses, farmers, landowners, charities and public bodies can apply for capital grants from £35,000 for projects that improve the local rural tourism offer by delivering new or enhanced rural tourism assets and infrastructure. 

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