RDPE Growth Programme

RDPE Growth Programme – Grant funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy – what is available and how to apply.

You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.

There are 3 types of grant, Business Development; Food Processing and Rural Tourism. The handbooks below tell you more about each type of grant, including: who can apply; how and when to apply; which specific activities you can claim for (and which you can’t); and what grants are available in your area.

The application process is competitive 2-part application process,(starting with submitting an ‘expression of interest’) to tell RPA about the work you’re doing and how the grant could help you with it.. This means they are not awarded automatically to an applicant. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will assess all expressions of interest to see which best meet the criteria.

If RPA assesses that your expression of interest is suitable, they will invite you to submit a full application.

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