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.
For more information and guidance on how to apply, please click here
RDPE Growth Programme (EAFRD) - NOW CLOSED
The latest round of grant funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area has been announced, with grant funding totalling £9.7m available to businesses in the food processing, tourism and rural business development sectors.
The RDPE provides funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy.
They are looking for projects that will grow a business, create jobs or bring more money in to the rural economy. Grant funding can help pay for constructing or improving buildings, and buying new equipment and machinery.
These capital grants will fund up to 40% of your project cost. The minimum grant is £35,000. This means that the overall project cost will need to be over £87,500 to be eligible for the funding. Businesses must be located in the eligible rural areas of County Durham, Northumberland and Gateshead and within the North East Rural Growth Network boundary.
see map (Note – some areas of Gateshead are not within the eligible area and you are advised to check)
Three grant funds are available for:-
- Food Processing
- Tourism infrastructure, including tourism accommodation
- Rural Business Development grants for small and micro businesses. Priority sectors are manufacturing and engineering, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, and knowledge intensive business services and creative businesses. Activities include diversification of a farm business into non-agricultural activities.
Full details of the calls and guidance notes can be found here.
Applicants are invited to submit expressions of interest via email to email@example.com
The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) supports European policy on rural development. To this end, it finances rural development programmes across the Member States and the regions of the Union. Programmes are designed in cooperation between the European Commission and the Member States, taking into account the strategic guidelines for rural development policy adopted by the Council and the priorities laid down by national strategy plans.
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.
To be redirected to the funders website click here.
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.