Grants available to boost small businesses

Posted by LindaStenner on November 19, 2019

Grants available to boost small businesses

November 19, 2019 at 1:08 PM

Small rural businesses in England looking to start a new business or expand an existing one are eligible to apply for grant funding from the RDPE Growth Programme

To help rural businesses grow and create more jobs, the Business Development Grant  is offering grants from  £20,000 up to a maximum of £175,000 to cover  up to up to 40 per cent of total eligible costs.

Applicants could be farmers or members of the farm household who want to diversify into non- agricultural activity and grant funding can help pay for constructing or improving buildings or buying new equipment and machinery.

“These grants are aimed at projects that will boost jobs, grow a business, improve productivity and open new product markets or export opportunities,” said Kathryn Williams of Davis Meade Property Consultants .

“There are two stages to the application. First, you must submit an ‘expression of interest’ (EOI) form. If this is successful you will be invited to submit a full application.”

In the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership area, priority will be given to projects that:

  • enable farming business to diversify into non-agricultural activities, including rural workspace, workshops and on-farm retail
  • support rural businesses to grow and expand
  • help businesses to implement new technologies, processes or equipment to improve productivity


For more information contact Kathryn Williams at DMPC on 07971 583638 or email


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