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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website

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Grants and Funding News
11Nov

RDPE Growth Programme Reopens with £35m to Boost Business in Rural England

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The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has been established to support projects that invest in building businesses, creating new jobs and growing the economy in rural areas of England.

Funding is being provided through three national calls for projects, which have been developed in collaboration with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and which are open to support food processing, business development and tourism infrastructure projects.

The programme currently has a budget of £35 million. For the 2020 funding round, the threshold for minimum grants has come down from £35,000 to £20,000, meaning that more small or micro-businesses will be eligible for a grant for their projects. The amount which can be applied for depends on the size of the applicant’s business and where it is located.

Grant funding can help pay for constructing or improving buildings and buying new equipment and machinery. Businesses that are carrying out projects to boost employment or bring more money into the rural economy in their LEP area of England may be eligible to apply.

For business development projects, small and micro rural businesses, both new and existing will qualify. This includes farmers who want to diversify into non-agricultural activities. Food and drink businesses that process agricultural and horticultural products may apply for the food processing strand. Projects that are commercial in nature and intended to make a profit may apply for the rural tourism infrastructure aspect of the scheme.

Farming Minister George Eustice said:

"Our dedicated fund for rural businesses has created more than 3,700 jobs and supported a diverse group of businesses, tourism operations and start-ups to unlock their full potential.

"This next round of funding will help more businesses to grow and local areas to prosper – and I would urge any rural enterprise to look into what this scheme could do for them.

"I would also encourage farmers to consider how they might use this funding to branch out and diversify their businesses, making the most of emerging trends and tastes and looking ahead to new opportunities."

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is before midnight on Sunday 16 February 2020.

 

How To Apply

The Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure grants are now open to new applications. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) is before midnight on Sunday 16 February 2020.

Applications are made in two stages. Firstly, applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. If the provider endorses the EOI, it will invite applicants to submit a full application. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will assess all

If RPA assesses that the Expression of Interest is suitable, they will invite applicants to submit a full application.

Calls will be on a single page on GOV.UK which holds all the information applicants need. The page includes handbooks for each type of call, which include information on what activity is eligible and how to apply. Each handbook also contains a LEP Directory, which lists each LEP area that is participating in the calls. It also gives a brief summary of the local priorities that applicants will need to deliver against.

Grants are paid in stages, in arrears. They can only be claimed after the work being claimed for is finished and has been paid for. The funder expects applicants to make a maximum of three claims over the course of the project.

Payment Procedure

Grants are paid in stages, in arrears. They can only be claimed after the work being claimed for is finished and has been paid for. The funder expects applicants to make a maximum of three claims over the course of the project.


Useful documents & links

Scheme - Guidance Document

Useful Links


Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Rural Payments Agency
    PO Box 1058
    Lancaster House
    Hampshire Court
    Newcastle Business Park
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE99 4YQ
    Tel: 03000 200 301
    Email: [email protected]

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