EAFRD Funding

D2N2 EAFRD Funding

The D2N2 LEP has been given £5.5million (£5,523,249) to spend over six years to help rural businesses and the rural economy in its area to grow.

The funding via the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) is part of the D2N2 LEP's wider allocation of €250million in European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

View a map of the eligible area by clicking here

EAFRD funding in the Growth Programme will contribute to delivering the Government’s top priority of economic growth through:

  • building knowledge and skills in rural areas;
  • funding new, and developing non-agricultural, micro, small and medium-sized rural business;
  • funding small scale renewable and broadband investments in rural areas; 
  • supporting tourism activities in rural areas.

Businesses in rural areas, including farming businesses, can apply for EAFRD funding for activities which support the ESIF Strategy. 

To download the Rural Reference Group's Terms of Reference (ToR), click here.  

EAFRD National Call

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has opened a new call under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) worth £35 million.

Rural businesses across the country are set to benefit from a further guaranteed £35 million worth of funding to create new jobs, boost tourism, and unlock growth in rural areas. This figure could be increased to £50 million if there are enough high-quality applications.

The new call will provide grants of up to £750,000 for rural start-ups and businesses to purchase state-of-art equipment and machinery to grow their business or open up opportunities for tourism.

Applications opened on Monday 4th November. The expressions of interest window will close on 16th February 2020.

For more information click here.