Funding and Support

Funding and Support

Find out about funding opportunities and business support services in the D2N2 region.


Inspired by the Peak District

Derbyshire Businesses are using the 'Inspired by the Peak District' logo and brand, to promote Derbyshire and the Peak District as a key region of the D2N2 area and also on a national level.

Rural 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 

This will complement the Main EU Programme rather than displace it.

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  

D2N2 Rural Means Business Conferences in 2017

In 2017 the D2N2 Growth Hub ran two ‘D2N2 Rural Means Business Conferences’. 

The first of the free events was held on February 15 at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst Campus, Southwell, and the second on July 18 at Belper Town Football Club, Belper (event pictured below).

Rural Means Business Conference Derbyshire 3

Delegates heard about the £3million in European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) funding available via D2N2 – money which is part of the D2N2 LEP’s wider €250million European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocation – to help with business growth.

Organisations with potential projects particularly linked to food processing, tourism infrastructure and business development were alerted to funding available. Details are available online at

Advice on other sources of funding for rural businesses, including the regional LEADER programmes, were also covered at the Conferences.

Speakers at the 2017 events included Robert Mayo, Development Director at the Welbeck Estate, North Nottinghamshire; D2N2 Growth Hub Manager Chris Pook; and representatives from the Rural Payments Agency, an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), which supports the farming and food sectors.

Lindsay Allen, D2N2 Senior Programme Manager (Sector Development), said: “Rural businesses and enterprises are a vital part of the LEP area economy, but tend to have less access to the infrastructure and business development benefits enjoyed by their urban counterparts.

“Our ‘Rural Means Business Conferences’ and other work aims to raise rural organisations’ awareness of the targeted funding available to them, via D2N2 and its partners, to help their local economy grow and also the wider region’s.”

More information on how D2N2 is using its EU funding to grow the economy and jobs in its area is available at web link , and for more on the work of the D2N2 Growth Hub see its website at

D2N2 Rural Means Business Conference 2015

An earlier D2N2 Rural Means Business Conference was held in March 2015 at the RCAN (Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire) centre in Newstead Village, Nottinghamshire (pictured below). 

It attracted rural businesses including food and drink producers, tourist attraction and holiday home sites, low carbon and hi-tech firms, and a wide range of other Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire businesses.

D2N2 Growth Hub Rural Conference

Presentations from the D2N2 Rural Means Business Conferences


Presentations given at the D2N2 Rural Means Business Conferences can be found below:


Rural Development Program for England, LEADER Funding

D2N2 Rural Means Business Conference
Given by Mike Stubbs, Rural Development Team East Midlands, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

D2N2 Growth Hub Rural Presentation
Given by Lindsay Allen, Senior Programme Manager (Sector Development)

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership European Structural and Investment Funds -
Given by Richard Kirkland, ESIF Co-Ordinator 

D2N2 Rural Means Business Conference Presentation 
Given by Rob Crowder, D2N2 Board Member

The School of Artisan Food


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