The latest round of Rural Development Programme funding was formally announced by Lord Gardiner on 29 July 2017.
For the first time under the current scheme, specific funding will be available to support new rural broadband projects. It will also provide significant amounts of funding to on-farm businesses to invest in new infrastructure such as new buildings and machinery. The grants will also fund landowners to improve farm productivity and invest in rural tourism opportunities.
This round of funding includes:
The first grant funding that will become available will be for reservoirs and forestry equipment and these are expected to be open for applications from Monday 31 July, 2017.
Funding for broadband, rural business support, on-farm food processing, arable and horticultural productivity and resource efficiency will be made available later in the year.
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