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Alerting farmers to new funding available for Farm Diversification projects in England

12th November 2019

We are alerting farmers to new funding available, in England, for Farm Diversification Projects. Expressions of interest are open until 16 February 2020. 

Landowners could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if their business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy. There are three types of grant: Business development; Food processing and Rural tourism infrastructure.

For Business Development, the minimum grant available to diversify into non-agricultural activities is £20,000 and the maximum is £175,000. For Food Processing, the minimum grant for food and drink businesses that process agricultural and horticultural products is £20,000 and the maximum is £750,000. For Tourism Infrastructure the minimum grant for small businesses and farmers who want to diversify is £20,000 and the maximum is £175,000.

Richard Corbett, Partner with Roger Parry & Partners said, “We want to make farmers aware of this opportunity. The aim of the RDPE Growth Programme is to create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Your application will need to show your project will help do this. Every successful application starts with a good idea and a clear plan for how to make that idea a reality. We’re here to help make those ideas become a reality.” 

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will assess all expressions of interest, it will look for projects that meet the national and local priorities for funding and will decide which meet the criteria the best. This means grants are not awarded automatically to an applicant. There is a two-part application process, starting with submitting an expression of interest to tell the RPA about the work being done and how the grant could help. If RPA assesses that the expression of interest is suitable, they will invite farmers to submit a full application.            

Clare Williams, Associate, said, “As always, we are here to help with understanding the application process. Our professionals have extensive experience in dealing with queries relating to government grant schemes and will ensure that sufficient time and care is taken to guarantee your application’s accuracy. We have also been specifically selected for our specialist knowledge, expertise and reputation as a NFU panel firm so members of the Union will also benefit from a discounted rate.”

If you need our assistance please call one of our specialists: Oswestry – Richard Corbett: 01691 655334. Minsterley – Charis Denham: 01743 791336. Welshpool / Llanidloes – Clare Williams: 01938 554499. Carmarthenshire: Gail Jenkins: 07498 717778.