RDPE Growth Programme Reopens to Expressions of Interest

The RDPE Growth Programme has re-opened for Expressions of Interest. A minimum of £35 million is available under three themes:

  • Food Processing
  • Rural Business Development
  • Rural Tourism Infrastructure

The minimum grant is for £20,000. This has been reduced from previous rounds and means that more small and micro businesses may be eligible to apply. A grant is normally limited to 40% of the total project cost making the minimum project cost £50,000.

The deadline for EOIs is midnight Sunday 16 February 2020.

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will be leading workshops at their regional offices to provide advice on completing Expressions of Interest. To book onto one of these workshops you will need to follow this link to register attendance via the Eventbrite event system. It looks like the nearest one for Oxfordshire is in Reading on the 26 November at 2.30pm.

This programme has a similar application process to LEADER but is a separate programme which is run centrally by the RPA in association with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). In order to download an application and find out more please use the contact details below:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme
Rural Payments Agency helpline : 03000 200 301
Email: GPEnquiries@rpa.gov.uk