Workshop dates confirmed for rural business applications

Rural Development Programme for England – now open!

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has opened a new call under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Rural businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire can benefit from a further guaranteed £35 million worth of funding to create new jobs, boost tourism, and unlock growth in rural areas.

The new call will provide grants of between £20,000 to £750,000 for rural businesses to construct or improve buildings, purchase new equipment and machinery to grow their business or open up opportunities for tourism.

There are 3 types of grant:

  • Business development
  • Food processing
  • Rural tourism infrastructure

More information on the Rural Development Programme can be found here:  

RDPE workshops

To support rural businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to make the most of these opportunities the Rural Payments Agency, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and local partners will be holding a series of workshops to promote the funding opportunities to rural businesses.

3 workshops will take place in our rural communities:

  • Thursday 23rd January 2020 at the Retford Enterprise Centre, Randall Way, Retford, DN22 7GR
  • Friday 24th January 2020 at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9DG
  • Wednesday 29th January 2020 at North East Derbyshire District Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield S42 6NG


2 workshops will also be held at Apex Court, City Link, Nottingham, NG2 4LA on the following dates:

  • Thursday 16 January 2020 (10:00-12:00)
  • Tuesday 4 February 2020 (10:00-12:00)


All the above workshops are free to attend

The workshops will be an opportunity for rural businesses to find out more about the funding opportunities and receive support in making high quality applications to the Rural Development Programme.

Closing date for applications is February 16th 2020.

Article uploaded 20/1/2020

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