European Agricultural Fund for Rural development (EAFRD)

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme is managed and administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). EAFRD monies under the programme can be used to support growth, jobs and productivity in all rural areas of the Heart of the South West, with a particular focus on grants for food processing, tourism and micro and small businesses. Below is information relating to the EAFRD Funding Allocation for the Heart of the South West; details of Live EAFRD Funding Opportunities; Events for potential applicants; and details of Funded EAFRD Projects.

EAFRD Funding Allocation for the Heart of the South West

These figures are correct as at 2 October 2017.

FundNotional Allocation (£)Contracted ProjectsApplications in the business processTotal Contracted and Applications in the Business ProcessNotes
EAFRD£15,540,333£202,636£12,275,379£12,478,015The value of contracted projects and applications in the business process will fluctuate as: existing EAFRD proposals in the business process are considered and either approved or rejected; and new proposals are received by the RPA in response to open calls for proposals.

EAFRD Funding Opportunities

Businesses and organisations can apply to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for EAFRD grants through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme. EAFRD funding is available to support projects that increase rural jobs, growth and productivity in the Heart of the South West. Funding is split across three specific strands as shown in the table below. There is a two-stage application process comprising submission of an Expression of Interest (EoI) followed, subject to acceptance of the initial proposal, by submission of a full application. For further information on how to apply, access the applicant guidance documents here

 Strands/Call Name and ReferenceDescriptionEAFRD Call ValueDeadline for Expressions of InterestMatch-funding requirementsCall Status / Latest
Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme -
Heart of the South West (All Areas)
Rural Business Development GrantsFarm businesses diversifying into non-agricultural activity and new or existing micro and small businesses (including social enterprises) in rural areas can apply for capital grants between £35,000 and £170,000 to support business start-up or expansion.£2,784,740Expressions of Interest can be submitted on an ongoing basis up to the final deadline of midnight on 31 January 2018.Grants will normally cover up to 40% of the project’s total eligible costs. Match-funding must be from private sources (like savings or a bank loan).Open
Food Processing GrantsNew or existing food and drink processing businesses (including farm businesses diversifying into food and drink processing) in rural or urban areas of the Heart of the South West can apply for capital grants from £35,000 to support business start-up or expansion. Project proposals located in urban areas must be able to demonstrate how their activity will create jobs and growth in the rural economy - for example, through direct benefits to a rural supply chain. £7,540,000Expressions of Interest can be submitted on an ongoing basis up to the final deadline of midnight on 31 January 2018.Match-funding from private sources (like savings or a bank loan) is required, with the exact rate dependent on the nature of the activity. Please see call documentation for further information. Open
Rural Tourism InfrastructureRural businesses, farmers, landowners, charities and public bodies can apply for capital grants from £35,000 for projects that improve the local rural tourism offer by delivering new or enhanced rural tourism assets and infrastructure.£2,088,555Expressions of Interest can be submitted on an ongoing basis up to the final deadline of midnight on 31 January 2018.Grant rates vary depending on the nature of the activity. Please see call documentation for further information.Open
Rural Tourism Assets and InfrastructureThis call invited applications for capital projects that support the development of visitor attractions, tourist information and small-scale tourism infrastructure in rural areas of the Heart of the South West.  £500,000Friday 8 January 2016 at 1700 hoursGrants were available through this call from £35,000 up to €200,000 (approximately £140,000) depending on state aid already received. Match-funding requirements varied depending on the nature of the activity. Closed

The Brean Down Way and Hestercombe Gardens Trust – Heritage Signage Interpretation projects were funded through this call for proposals

For any queries relating to these EAFRD funding opportunities through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme, please contact the Rural Payments Agency enquiries line at GPEnquiries@rpa.gsi.gov.uk or on telephone number 0300 200 301.

The Heart of the South West LEP held an ‘RDPE Growth Programme Briefing’ on 24 March 2017 in Cullompton. The event was funded by the RDPE Network and provided potential applicants with information on the RDPE Growth Programme and how to apply. Key materials from the event are available below:

Funded EAFRD Projects in the Heart of the South West

Project Value of EAFRD Grant
Brean Down Way (now complete) £159,467.90
Hestercombe Gardens Trust: Heritage Interpretation Signage £43,168.80