Funds Available

RGN Capital Grants are now open. For further information see below.


RGN Capital Grants - Open until midnight 31st May 2018

The program offers two grant schemes:

  • Strategic Economic Infrastructure Fund (SEIF)

This capital fund provides up to 40% of eligible costs to support the development of business infrastructure projects in rural areas to help unlock economic growth. Activities which can be supported include:

Enterprise Hubs - There is no formal definition of an 'enterprise hub' but these must accommodate multiple businesses and should encourage networking linkages between businesses. For an illustration of enterprise hubs in the rural North East, some of which have been supported by the North East Rural Growth Network pilot programme funding, please visit

New or refurbished business accommodation for multiple end users - Including industrial units, managed workspace and serviced office accommodation.

Infrastructure works for a developer/end user to unlock investment sites - To bring forward sites for commercial, industrial and retail use.

Tourism infrastructure projects of a strategic nature - e.g. developments that support the North East's strategic tourism priorities that will have direct and also notable indirect benefits for other tourism related businesses in the rural economy. Only projects that generate significant overnight stays and day visitors from outside of the North East LEP area will be eligible.

To download the project call guidance please click here.

  • Rural Business Growth Fund (RBGF) 

The Rural Business Growth Fund (RBGF) is designed to support medium sized businesses, who are looking to deliver capital investment projects that will expand productive capacity or enable diversification into new markets or products to allow businesses in rural areas to grow. 

Grants of up to 40% of eligible costs are available from a minimum grant level of £10,000 to £60,000 to support priority sectors:

o    Manufacturing
o    Knowledge Intensive Businesses
o    Renewable Energy
o    Environment
o    Food & Drink
o    High Value Tourism - this includes accommodation

To download the project call guidance please click here

Click here for eligible area map

RDPE Growth Programme (EAFRD) - Open until midnight 31st May 2018 

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 

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.


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  or call  07825 121 778

Click here for eligible area map



Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG)

A new £60 million grants scheme where farmers can bid for cash to buy new farm equipment has been announced by Farming Minister George Eustice.

The initial offer is for £15 million of small grants, between £3,000 and £12,000, for a range of equipment and technology to be used on farms, with applications due in by 14th March 2018. Applications will be scored after the closing date and applicants should know soon afterwards whether they have been successful. Full details ared available on the Countryside Productivity page on The page includes links to the handbook and a portal to a very simple online application form. Grants are available for a specified range of equipment. Applying online only takes a few minutes. 

The intention is that there will be further rounds of grants later in the year.