RGN Capital Grants - LIVE
Strategic Economic Infrastructure Fund (SEIF)
This Fund focuses investment on the development of business infrastructure in key economic centres in rural areas, including the larger rural hub towns / market towns, industrial and commercial sites, and smaller rural towns and villages.
The key aim is to provide the infrastructure needed to enable businesses in rural areas to trade and grow, including premises for new micro enterprises, small firms needing move-on accommodation, and facilities for larger and growing businesses.
The types of activities and investments to be supported include:
- Development of business workspace / accommodation for multiple end users. This could include refurbishment of existing buildings, bringing redundant buildings back into use, and new build developments.
- Creation of rural enterprise hubs, providing shared managed workspace to accommodate multiple micro enterprises under the same roof.
- Stimulating investment in tourism infrastructure (including attractions and associated quality accommodation and events facilities) where raising the quality of the offer will improve the economic performance of the rural economy by attracting additional, higher spending visitors from outside of the NE LEP area.
Grants are available at an intervention rate of up to 40% and the call for applications is now open.
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RDPE Growth Programme (EAFRD)
The Rural Payments Agency have now announced that the Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure grants are now open to new applications. You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form before midnight on 16 February 2020.
You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.
There are 3 types of grant:
- Business development
- Food processing
- 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).
Please note thatThe Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will assess all expressions of interest. RPA will look for projects that meet the national and local priorities for funding, and will decide which meet the criteria the best. This means grants are not awarded automatically to an applicant.
There is a 2-part application process (starting with submitting an ‘expression of interest’) to tell RPA about the work you’re doing and how the grant could help you with it. If RPA assesses that your expression of interest is suitable, they will invite you to submit a full application.
All application documents and further information can be found at the website - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme
The Princes Trust Countryside Fund - NOW CLOSED
The Princes Trust Countryside Fund is open for grant applications from April 30th to June 14th 2018.
Organisations and charities that are supporting farmers, rural businesses and communities can apply for grants of up to £50,000. Funding is available for both capital and revenue costs and must meet at least one of the following key rural issues:
- To improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses
- To sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy
- To support aid delivery in emergency and building resilience.
Additional funding is available outside of this period for community projects aimed at reducing isolation in deprived rural areas through the Rural Four project funded by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
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North of Tyne Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG)
The North of Tyne Fisheries Local Action Group is a Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) project funded through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). £600,000 grant funding is available for fishermen and the fishing industry throughout the FLAG area which covers the coastal settlements from North Shields to Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The following priorities have been identified:
- Development of small-scale infrastructure at ports and harbours
- Marketing, branding and processing
- Training, retention, recruitment, diversification and Common Fisheries Policy reform
- Collaborative and applied research between fishermen and scientists
- Grant percentage rates are based on individuals and their projects.
For more information contact:
Simon Baxter firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07825 121 778.