The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has re-opened for expressions of interest with businesses in Cheshire and Warrington encouraged to apply. Grants of between £20,000 and £750,000 are available to support projects that aim to create jobs and growth in our rural economy.
Open to businesses in rural areas, the funding can be used towards construction or improvement of buildings; investing in new equipment and machinery, and capital expenditure on tourism infrastructure.
The RDPE Growth programme will fund three different types of projects:
Food processing – open to food and drink businesses that process agricultural or horticultural products.
Business development – open to small business and start-ups, including farmers wishing to diversify into non-agricultural activities.
Rural tourism infrastructure – open to a wide range of organisations. If the project is intended to make a profit, only small businesses and farmers who want to diversify can apply.
To help rural businesses find out more about the fund, Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester Councils and Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub are working together to deliver an event, taking place on Monday 13th January at Worleston Village Hall near Crewe.
Businesses will be offered guidance and support on the fund application process and will hear from previous recipient of a £400,000 grant from the fund, leading cheese-makers JS Bailey.
The Cheshire and Warrington programme has been hugely successful, supporting 13 projects with grants worth a combined £1.99m. This is expected to be the final round of funding for Cheshire and Warrington’s rural businesses before the fund officially closes. The deadline for expressions of interest is 16 February 2020 and those who are successful at this stage will be invited by RDPE to submit a full application.
Stephen Kinsey, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP’s Business Growth Committee said “Cheshire and Warrington has a thriving rural economy comprising some 26,740 businesses. The funding will help a range of innovative projects across the sub-region and is a great opportunity for our rural businesses to bring forward their growth plans.”
For further details about the RDPE Growth Programme and the January event please click here