Calling all rural-based small social enterprises – you could be eligible for up to 100% grant funding through the new Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which covers many of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas in the country.
RDPE provides funding for projects in England that create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Under the RDPE Growth Programme small social enterprises can apply for funding to assist with business development and rural tourism infrastructure. The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF), and are delivered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). Now we have flagged up all the acronyms, the following is a summary of key points.
Business Development Grants
Rural Tourism Infrastructure
Postcode location will determine eligibility and rural status. The application process is in two parts, typically taking between 5-6 months. There is an Expression of Interest deadline of 31st January 2018 and final claims submitted by 31st March 2019, subject to availability of funds. Further details can be found at – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme
You can also contact Bishop Fleming’s Director of Grant Services, Ewan McClymont, on 03333-219000 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org .
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