The Government are looking to boost tourism and create new jobs in rural areas by creating a Growth Programme and funding it with £35 million. This figure could increase, if there are enough applications, to £50 million.
You could register your interest from the 4th November, where the Rural Payments Agency reviews if you are eligible and then will ask you to complete a full application. The deadline to submit your interest is Sunday 16 February 2020.
The programme provides grants for rural startups, for top of the range machinery to grow businesses, and to develop tourism opportunities.
Paul Caldwell, Chief Executive of the Rural Payments Agency, quoted:
The Growth Programme provides funding to the 98% of the rural economy in England that isn’t directly engaged in farming. From heritage railways to creameries and vineyards, small and micro-businesses have benefited from the investment available under the Growth Programme in recent years.
We are looking to support applications from businesses with ambitious plans to grow their business and provide wider benefits to their local community.
I would urge all interested applicants to submit their expressions of interest as soon as possible to ensure they have plenty of time to complete a full application if their project is assessed to be eligible.”
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