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Rural Development Programme: Food Processing, small business grants and rural tourism infrastructure

There are three funding themes with calls for expression of interest. The minimum grant for all three themes is £20,000. Deadline for all applications is 16th February 2020. The final date by which all projects must be finished, paid for and complete grant claims submitted is 30 September 2021.

The project needs to take place in a defined rural area. In High Peak, this includes the majority of the district excluding New Mills and Glossop and Harpur Hill Industrial estate. RDPE map 

Food Processing

Funding for food and drink businesses that process agricultural and horticultural products. The minimum grant is £20,000 and maximum is £750,000 (Annex 1 products or £175,000 for non-annex 1 products - see handbook for definition) up to 40% of costs depending on the type of product you process and size of your firm. 

Funding can help pay for:

  • Constructing or improving buildings
  • Buying new equipment and machinery

Further guidance

Rural Business Development

Funding for small rural businesses (under 50 employees)- new or existing including farmers who want to diversify into nonagricultural activity. Funding can help pay for constructing or improving buildings, buying new equipment (excluding vehicles) but will need to support employment of new staff.

The minimum grant is £20,000 and maximum is £175,000 and grant covers up to 40% of costs.

Guidance for small rural business grants

Rural Tourism Infrastructure

Funding applications are accepted from private enterprises (under 50 employees) and from non-profit making organisations (all sizes). The aim is to support projects that will encourage more tourists to come, to stay longer and to spend more money in rural areas. The level of grant for both organisations is capped at £175,000 but for commercial organisations the grant covers up to 40% of costs, while for non-profit organisations it can cover up to 80%, subject to state aid rules. 

Guidance notes for rural infrastructure grants


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