RGN Capital Grants - NOW CLOSED
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 www.ruralconnect.biz.
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 Knowledge Intensive Businesses
o Renewable Energy
o Food & Drink
o High Value Tourism - this includes accommodation
To download the project call guidance 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or call 07825 121 778.