Defra have recently announced £200m of new activity under the Rural Development Programme socio-economic schemes.
The first two schemes to launch are Countryside Productivity Water Resource Management grants and Improving Forestry Productivity grants.
These opened on 31 July 2017 and will close to applications on 3 April 2018.
The Water Resource Management grants are to improve farm and horticultural productivity through more efficient use of water for irrigation, and to secure water supplies for crop irrigation by the construction of on-farm reservoirs.
The Forestry grants are to improve forestry productivity through felling, extraction and adding value by primary processing of timber products.
The minimum grant request in each case is £35,000.
Further information, including handbooks, application forms and guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme
In addition, the RDPE Growth Programme which opened in January 2017 remains open to applications. The Growth Programme provides funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Under the RDPE Growth Programme, there are currently calls for projects open for: business development, food processing and rural tourism infrastructure.
Full details about the funding announcement made on 29 July 2017 are available in a press release here: www.gov.uk/government/news/200-million-boost-for-rural-england
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Further info also via:
Defra rural services helpline
03000 200 301