Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funding - 2017 calls (Free)

What is the grant available for?

Grants are available now open for;

  • Business Development
  • Food Processing
  • Rural Tourism Infrastructure

(PDF Handbook documents and how to complete an Expression of Interest (EoI) are available online at:



In January 2017 Defra launched £120 million of RDPE Growth Programme funding through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).  

Calls are currently open, inviting EoI applications for Tourism Infrastructure, Food Processing, and Business Development projects. The funding is intended to create jobs and growth in the rural economy.


Defra’s Rural Payments Agency (RPA) delivers the grants, working with the ESIF sub-committees in Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) areas across England.

Each ESIF Sub-Committee has identified how much of its allocation of EAFRD funding it wishes to assign to each of the three National Calls, reflecting the local investment priorities to support jobs and growth in their area. The calls remain open until January 2018, subject to the availability of funds.


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