The 2017 Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme calls for tourism infrastructure, food processing and business development projects in 36 LEP areas closed to new Expressions of Interest on 31 May 2018.
Following assessment by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and local ESIF subcommittees, invitations to submit a full application were issued to 919 applicants for funding totalling £179 million.
So far, the RPA has received 728 Full Applications requesting £135 million. To date, 521 projects have secured grant funding worth £96 million.
Overall, under the RDPE Growth Programme £45 million has so far been paid to projects and 750 FTE jobs have been created with a further 3,774 jobs contracted.
In addition, 22 contracts for funding totalling £79.5 million have been awarded under the Rural Broadband Infrastructure offer.
Planning is underway for a further round of Growth Programme Calls to maximise the funding committed to EAFRD Growth Programme projects. As with previous calls there will be three themes; Food Processing, Business Development and Tourism Infrastructure. The scheme is expected to launch later in the autumn.
To access the funding finder tool, where all calls can be searched/filtered by name, status (open/closed), type (priority area), location and funding source, click here
This project is part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 in England.