European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) is one of the five European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

D2N2 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.

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.