This funding programme is promoted under the heading of the Growth Programme and can provide up to 40% of project costs if you are looking to grow your rural businesses.
The Growth Programme is seeking applications for grants for businesses wishing to develop food processing activities in the North East.
The Forestry Commission is offering free support to help forestry businesses access Rural Development Programme (RDPE) funding.
Members could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if their businesses are carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy. There are three types of grant covering business development, food processing and rural tourism infrastructure.
Money is available through LEADER to fund projects that will create business growth and employment in rural areas.
North East Rural Growth Network is a partnership under the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) and North East Farming and Rural Advisory Network (NEFRAN).
The North Pennine Dales (NPD) LEADER programme offers capital grant funding to farmers to improve their farm’s productivity in Teesdale, Weardale, South Tynedale, rural mid-Durham and rural Gateshead.
Rural Businesses around situated in the rural areas around Sheffield may be interested in business development funding that is currently available under the Growth Programme.
There are a number of funding opportunities from the Rural Development Programme.
Areas significantly affected by the weather event (known as the Beast from the East and Storm Emma) included Bewcastle, the communities along the East Fellside, the Alston area, Nenthead Garrigill and Greenhead. Communities were cut-off for days and emergency relief was provided by Chinook helicopters.
Cumbria Woodlands, working with United Utilities, are providing funds to plant trees, hedges and woodlands in the valleys surrounding the West Cumbria Water Supplies Project.
At the end of last year Defra announced four new simplified offers under Countryside Stewardship’s Mid-Tier scheme.