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Grant funding available for rural business development

Grant funding available for rural business development

The RDPE Growth Programme grant scheme has re-opened as of 1st November 2019, with grants of up to £750,000 now available for projects which create jobs and support the rural economy.

There are three different grant types:

1) Business Development

2) Food Processing

3) Rural Tourism Infrastructure

Eligible costs include capital items such as buildings, equipment and machinery.

Grant funding is for a minimum of £20,000, or 40% of project costs. This has been reduced from previous rounds of the scheme to encourage support for smaller projects. The minimum total project costs in order to qualify is £50,000.  

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 16th February 2020. If successful then this will be followed by a full, detailed application. All projects must be completed and grant claims submitted no later than 30th September 2021.

Full details and the application handbooks are available from the RPA website:(


Moule & Co have secured over £1.4million of grant funding for our clients through RDPE schemes, with a 99% success rate. For more information or for help putting together an application please contact Sally Moore on 01299 250184.


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