Rural Development

Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme (UK) 13th February 2018

Schools and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000); and the large grants programme (grants between £4,000 and £12,000). The small grants programme deals mainly with requests for support from state schools and...

New £60m Grant Scheme Opens for Farmers and Land Owners (England) 13th February 2018

Farmers and Land Managers can apply for a share of £60 million to help improve farm and forestry productivity and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Farmers and landowners can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 towards the costs of equipment. The funding is being made available through the Rural Payments Agency’s Countryside productivity scheme and the closing date for applications is the 14th March 2018. The...

Farm Business Grants Programme: Round 3 Now Open (Wales) 8th February 2018

The third application window for the Welsh Government’s Farm Business Grant (FBG), designed to improve the economic and environmental performance of agricultural holdings, is open for application until midnight on 16th March 2018. FBG funding aims to help farmers make their businesses more efficient, resilient and environmentally friendly by providing a contribution towards capital investments in items of equipment and machinery. This lates...

Funding of up to £45,000 for Community Centres and Village Halls (UK) 6th February 2018

Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas can now apply for grants of between £10,000 and £45,000 for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space. Applications can be submitted at any time and all applicants must have already secured 50% of the total funding needed to complete the project before they apply. The fundin...

Penultimate Call for Proposals to the East Leicestershire LEADER Programme (Leicestershire) 5th February 2018

East Leicestershire LEADER has re-opened for applications and will close on 30th April 2018. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses, community groups, farmers, landowners and social enterprises for projects that will benefit the rural economy under six programme priorities covering projects that will increase farm productivity; support micro and sm...

Farm Business Grants Programme: Round 3 Now Open (Wales) 1st February 2018

The third application window for the Welsh Government’s Farm Business Grant (FBG), designed to improve the economic and environmental performance of agricultural holdings, has opened for applications and will remain open until midnight on 16th March 2018. FBG funding aims to help farmers make their businesses more efficient, resilient and environmentally friendly by providing a contribution towards capital investments in items of equipment a...

Funding to Assist Rural Businesses and Communities (UK) 30th January 2018

Organisations and charities that are supporting farmers, rural businesses and communities will be able to apply for grants of up to £50,000 from the 30th April 2018 onwards. Funding will be available for both capital and revenue costs. To be eligible to apply to the Princes Trust Countryside Fund projects must improve the prospects or viability for family farm businesses; to sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy. The closin...

Countryside Stewardship Scheme Opens for Applications (England) 29th January 2018

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced a new, simplified Countryside Stewardship Scheme that aims to help more farmers and land managers protect wildlife and enhance the environment. The programme consists of four simpler, quicker to apply for offers (Arable, Lowland grazing, Mixed farming and Upland) that will complement the current Higher Tier and Mid-Tier offers. Each offer has a set of options, requirements, pa...

Funding to Promote the Development of Rural Areas (Worcestershire) 26th January 2018

The next deadline to submit an Expression of Interest to the Worcestershire LEADER Programme 2014-2020 is the 13th April 2018. Micro or small enterprises, farmers, community groups and charities can apply for grants of between £2,500 and £50,000. Projects supported will need to address one of these themes. Development of micro and small enterprises; Development of agricultural and horticultural businesses; Development of forestry businesses...

Forth Valley LEADER Programme (Rural Clackmannanshire, Rural Stirling and Rural West Dunbartonshire) 22nd January 2018

The next application deadline for the Forth Valley LEADER Programme is 24h April 2018. A European grant scheme with additional funding from the Scottish Government, LEADER is a bottom-up method of delivering support to communities and businesses for the development of rural areas. Successful applications from Community and Voluntary Organisations, Business Associations, Public Agencies and Businesses can apply for funding but will need to dem...

Funding Available to Bring Fibre Broadband to Remote Communities with a School (UK) 18th January 2018

As part of its commitment to make fibre broadband available throughout the UK, BT has made available a £2 million grants scheme for communities with a school. The Community Fibre Partnerships programme is aimed at the final 5% of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. Through the programme communities can apply for a match-funded grant of up to £20,000 toward the cost of their new fibre infrastructure, if that new infrastruct...

New £50m Fund to Help Prepare Wales for Brexit (Wales) 12th January 2018

The Welsh Government has announced a £50 million Fund to help Welsh businesses and public services plan and prepare for Brexit. The EU Transition Fund will be developed in partnership with Welsh businesses, public services and other key organisations, to provide tailored support as the UK prepares to leave the EU. The fund will provide a combination of financial support and loan funding, and will support the provision of technical, commercial...

Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications (England) 10th January 2018

The UK government has announced the launch of the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant. Farmers and other land managers can apply for a 2-year capital grant of up to £6,800 per hectare to plant and protect young trees, and if eligible a supporting maintenance grant of £200 per hectare for up to 10 years. Any land subject to a Woodland Creation agreement must not be used for any agricultural activity, including grazing, for a perio...

Funding to Support Rural Communities (UK) 8th January 2018

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, which supports charities in the UK working in agriculture and rural development has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 25th May 2018. Grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 are available. However, following a recent strategic review, the Trustees have indicated that in future, the Trust will focus on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the...

Funding for Projects that Promote a Better Understanding of the Environment and Countryside (UK) 28th December 2017

UK based not for profit organisations and schools can apply for funding to the Nineveh Charitable Trust for a broad range of projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research. Whilst the Trust does not specify a minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for, an analysis of previous grants would suggest a maximum of £5,000 per ye...

Funding for Rural Areas (South Devon) 14th December 2017

The South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (LAG) has re-opened for applications. The LAG funding is used to support economic, environmental and community-based projects to encourage innovation and promote the prosperity of the rural coastal area between Plymouth and Exeter. Funding of £2,500 to £100,000 is available and will normally be limited to 40% of the project's total costs. The focus for this round of funding is on creating jobs and h...

Kent Downs and Marshes LEADER Programme Opens for Applications (South East) 13th December 2017

Rural small businesses, farmers growers and and community groups within the Kent Downs and Marshes LEADER programme area can now apply for funding. LEADER is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy. A total of £1.886 million is available between 2015-20 and eligible organisations and businesses can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that benefit the rural economy. To be eligible for f...

Lancashire's 'LEADER' Rural Funding Programme Update (North West) 13th December 2017

Lancashire's three LEADER programmes have been allocated £4.2 million of rural funding and are now accepting calls for projects focussed on Enterprise, Farming, Rural Services, Culture and Heritage, Forestry and Tourism. Recently funded projects include: Brindle Distillery, Chorley (Lancashire Pennine Moors LEADER area) received 40% funding towards the cost of specialist distilling equipment; Cartford Inn, Eccleston ( Lancashire West LEADER...

Rural Development Funding for Denbighshire, and Flintshire (Wales) 13th December 2017

Community groups in Denbighshire and Flintshire can now apply for LEADER funding to support new, innovative pilot projects that aim to test new ideas which benefit the rural area through new jobs and growth and tackling poverty in the rural area. The LEADER programme is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020. The programme will be able to provide financial support towards up to 70% of a project...

East Leicestershire LEADER 2015-2020 (Leicestershire) 11th December 2017

The Local Action Group for the East Leicestershire LEADER area has announced that it will open its grant making programme for applications in mid-October. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support rural development by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with almost €2 million (approximately £1.5 million) available in total for the East Leicestershire area. All projec...

Landscape Partnerships Grant Programme (UK) 5th December 2017

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that the next application deadline for round 1 of its Landscape Partnerships Programme is the 1st June 2018. The Landscape Partnerships grant programme supports partnerships which aim to conserve the distinctive character of rural and rural-urban transition areas in the UK. Grants of between £100,000 and £3,000,000 are available. The fund is open to not-for profit organisations and partnerships led by...

Norfolk and North Suffolk LEADER Programme Deadline Dates for 2018 (Norfolk & North Suffolk) 5th December 2017

Norfolk Local Action Group has just published meeting dates and application deadlines for 2018. Applications are now invited for projects based in the Brecks, Broads, Waveney Valley, Wensum & Coast and West Norfolk LEADER areas. Applications can be made by farmers, growers, foresters, other local rural businesses and rural community organisations. The minimum grant that can be applied for is £2,500 with no maximum grant amount set and gran...

EU Funds in Wales Are Still Open to Applications (Wales) 5th December 2017

The Welsh Government has issued assurances that applications for EU funds are still being developed and approved in line with objectives agreed by the European Commission and that the UK Treasury will provide a full lifetime guarantee for all structural and investment projects approved before the UK leaves the EU. Programmes currently open for applications are: European Structural Funds for projects that support people into work and training,...

The Central Sussex LEADER programme Opens for Applications (South East) 4th December 2017

The Central Sussex LEADER programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that benefit the rural economy and contribute at least one of the following priorities: Increase farm productivity; support small rural businesses and far...

East Peak LEADER 2015-2020 (Yorkshire & Co Durham) 1st December 2017

The East Peak LEADER programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The new EPIP LEADER programme 2015-2020 managed by East Peak Innovation Partnership has £1.1m available over 4 years as grants for eligible projects. Small businesses, community groups and social enterprises etc can apply for grant...

Cheshire LEADER Programme Re-opens for Applications (Cheshire) 1st December 2017

Following the result of the EU referendum, Cheshire West and Chester Council have confirmed that the Cheshire LEADER Programme is officially open again, providing funding for rural areas across Cheshire, Warrington and the Dunham Massey area. Grants of £2,500 to £50,000 are available for up to 40% of project costs. Funding decisions will be made by a Local Action Group (LAG) formed of locally-appointed representatives from the private, publi...

Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire Claylands LEADER 2015-2020 (Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire) 30th November 2017

The Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire Claylands Leader programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with £1.625 million available for projects in the Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire Claylands LEADER area. The aim of the Leader programme is to increased farm produc...

LEADER Programmes Open For Business (Norfolk and North Suffolk) 30th November 2017

Norfolk County Council has announced that the LEADER programmes across Norfolk and north Suffolk are now officially open for business. Projects can now apply to one of the five Norfolk local action groups - Brecks, Broads, Waveney Valley, Wensum & Coast or West Norfolk, for funding to support and grow the rural economy. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to smal...

Funding for Rural Development (Chilterns; Clay Vales; and North & West North Hants) 30th November 2017

Small businesses, community groups, farmers and growers etc with the Chilterns; Clay Vales; and North & West North Hants Leader Areas can now apply for funding though the Leader Programme. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020. Funding of up to £50,000 (£100,000 in and North & West North H...

East Leicestershire LEADER is now Re-opens For Applications (East Midlands) 30th November 2017

The next call for proposals through the Leader programme for East Leicestershire has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. Priorities to be addressed through this call are to improve the productivity and exploit diversification opportunities for well connected and innovative land based businesses; to pro...

Greater Dartmoor LEAF Programme (South West) 30th November 2017

The Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund (GD LEAF) programme is open for applications. It has €2.465m to invest in economic, environmental and community-based projects that encourage innovation and promote the prosperity of the Greater Dartmoor area. The focus of this next rural programme will be creating jobs and helping the rural economy to grow, with the main areas for support being: Farming - support for farm diversification / i...

£90,000 Awarded to West Cumbrian Causes (Cumbria) 30th November 2017

Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) have announced that 21 local constituted community groups have recently received a share of £91,000 awarded by their grants panel. Grants awarded from funds administered by CCF and benefitting communities in Cumbria range in value and support a wide range of projects from children's theatre workshops to improvements to community facilities. Included in this round was £3,000 awarded to West Cumbria Carers to...

South Devon Coastal Local Action Group Funding (South West) 29th November 2017

The South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (LAG) invests in economic, environmental and community based projects to encourage innovation and promote the prosperity of the rural and coastal areas between Plymouth and Exeter. It has just received another £1.5 million to allocate to projects relating to Farming - support for farm diversification / increasing productivity; Forestry - support for increasing productivity and processing; Enterpris...

Bolsover North East Derbyshire (BNED) LEADER Programme Open for Applications (Derbyshire) 29th November 2017

Managers of the BNED LEADER programme are reassuring potential applicants that funding will still be available until such time as the UK exits the European Union. Grants of between £3,500 and €200,000 for up to 40% of total project costs are available to farmers, small and micro businesses, voluntary and community groups, charities and foresters in the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire eligible areas. Supported projects will fit within the...

Lancashire Leader Programmes Open for Applications (North West) 28th November 2017

The Lancashire LEADER 2015-2020 programmes are now officially open for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). . The programme will run from 2015-2020 wit...

Growth and Sustainability Grants for Rural Businesses (North & West Northants) 28th November 2017

Rural businesses across North & West Northamptonshire (N&WN), the Chilterns and the Clay Vales can apply for LEADER grants to help support their growth and sustainability. Up to £50,000 funding is availalable in the Chilterns and Clay Vales or up to £100,000 in N&WN. LEADER programmes are designed to promote business growth and stimulate job creation, particularly amongst micro and small businesses. They are focused on rural areas and their...

Support for Projects that Support the Rural Economy (Surrey) 27th November 2017

The Rural Surrey LEADER Local Action Group has announced that it has had provisional approval for its Development Plan and is now awaiting its budget allocation. LEADER is a grant programme from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). Its aim is to improve the rural economy and quality of life for people living and working in the Rural Surrey area. LEADER funding will be available to farmers, foresters, community enterprises and r...

Greater Dartmoor Leaf Fund (South West) 27th November 2017

The Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund (GD LEAF) invests in economic, environmental and community based projects to encourage innovation and promote the prosperity of the greater Dartmoor area. It has just received another £2 million to allocate to projects with the priority for this round of funding being: Farming - support for farm diversification / increasing productivity; Forestry - support for increasing productivity and proce...

Greensand Ridge LEADER 2015-2020 (Bedfordshire) 27th November 2017

The Greensand Ridge LEADER 2015-2020 Leader programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with £1.443 million available for projects in the Greensand Ridge LEADER area. Small businesses; farmers as well as community groups and social enterprises; etc can apply f...

Eastern Plateau LEADER Programme (Hertfordshire) 27th November 2017

The Eastern Plateau LEADER programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with £1.8 million available for projects in the Eastern Plateau LEADER area that are relevant to the main Leader priorities: Increased farm productivity; micro and SME development; farm div...

Wool Towns Leader Programme (Suffolk and North Essex) 24th November 2017

Local businesses, voluntary groups and entrepreneurs in the Suffolk and North Essex Wool towns can get funding of £2,500 to £100,000 (for up to 40% of total project costs) to support rural development projects through the Leader Programme. The Wool Towns Local Action Group has the following priorities for the funding: Promote the sustainable growth of rural businesses; Maintain and improve the range and quality of services and ensure access...

Call for Applications for Projects that Benefit Rural Communities (Neath Port Talbot) 24th November 2017

The next call for proposals through the LEADER revenue programme for Neath Port Talbot is open for applications. LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme in Wales and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and by the Welsh Government and is designed to deliver activities to support the countryside and rural communities. Priorities for this call are ideas about making the most of digital opportunities in the...

Dorset Leader Programmes (South West) 23rd November 2017

The Northern and Southern Dorset Leader programmes are open for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with £1.577 million available for the Northern Dorset LEADER and £1.617 million available for the Southern Dorset LEADER area. Small businesses, community groups and social en...

Rural Broadband Infrastructure Fund Opens for Applications (West Midlands, East Midlands, North East, North West, South East, South West, East of England and Yorkshire and Humber) 23rd November 2017

The UK Government has announced that Local Authorities working with BDUK on the roll out of the Superfast Broadband programme can apply for Rural Broadband Infrastructure grants of between £500,000 and £30 million. Although most grants are likely to be between £1million and £4 million. Project's put forward under this call must cover the West Midlands, East Midlands, North East, North West, South East, South West, East of England and Yor...

Solway, Border and Eden LEADER Programme Opens for Applications (Cumbria) 20th November 2017

The Solway, Border and Eden LEADER programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with ££2.261 million available for projects in the Solway, Border and Eden LEADER area that are relevant to the main Leader priorities. This call for proposals is for investment i...

The Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER programme Opens for Applications (East of England) 20th November 2017

The Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with £1.477 available for projects in the Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER area that are relevant to the main Leader priorities: Increased farm productivity; micro and SME development; farm d...

Government Announces New £40 Million Countryside Productivity Scheme (England) 2nd November 2017

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has announced a new £40 million grant scheme to allow farmers to invest in in farm technology and equipment. Under the Countryside Productivity Scheme, grants are available to help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers improve farm productivity through investing in new technology, such as robotics, to reduce cost or improve product quality. The funding can be used on diverse in...