Rural Growth Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme.

Grants for rural business development

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The Rural Growth National Fund provides grants for rural business development, food processing businesses and those involved in rural tourism infrastructure.  Grants, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), start at a minimum of £20,000 and applicants can apply for up to 40% of eligible costs.

The maximum grant for business development and tourism projects will be limited to £175,000, whilst the maximum grant for food processing projects will be limited to £750,000. The Rural Payments Agency will be presenting the funding opportunities and will be able to give 1-2-1 advice on the day.

Application is in two stages and organisations must first submit an Expressions of Interest (EOI) form. If successful at this stage, organisations will be invited to formally apply. EOI forms must be received by 16 February 2020. Funding bids must be submitted by 31 May 2020.

Am I eligible?

If you are a business based within one of Liverpool City Region’s local authorities (Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St Helen’s, Sefton, Wirral), you may be eligible to apply, please check the eligibility criteria for each priority.

  • Food Processing Priority – can support businesses of any size (priority for SMEs) in rural or urban areas across the city region  and has a maximum grant of £750k
  • Business Development/Tourism Priority – if you are a micro (0-9) or small (10-50) business, located within the rural areas within the city region you may be eligible to apply – maximum grant £175,000. Groups representing rural communities, charities and public sector bodies are also eligible under the tourism strand.
  • Rural Tourism Infrastructure MINIMUM grant available: £20,000 (40% intervention rate) (e.g. £20,000 grant would require 60% cash match = £30,000 = Total Project £50,000). You can check your eligibility under the ‘who can apply section’ of the relevant priority handbook or email to find out more.


More information on the RDPE Growth Programme

You can find the Rural Tourism, Business Development and Food Processing Handbooks, Expression of Interest Form, and Guide book HERE


Workshop: Rural Growth Funds

Following the announcement of that the National Reserve Fund for Rural Growth, the Combined Authority and the LEP are pleased to be able to confirm the date and time for the Liverpool City Region Workshop.

Thursday 9th January 2020, 10am to 1pm
No1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP

Who is it for?

Any eligible, rural/urban business based in Liverpool City Region who is considering applying to the RDPE Programme; business brokers, charities and public sector representatives.

The workshop will be particularly of interest to business brokers and individual applicants seeking grant support for projects in rural parts of the city region.

To secure your place, please RSVP by 6th January 2020. 


10.00am – Registration
10.15am – Introduction to RDPE Growth Programme
12.00pm – Lunch  and opportunity to speak directly to members of the RDPE & Local Growth Hub team


Ready to grow?

If you think your business would benefit from support or funding, get in touch and we’ll help you work things out.

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