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Growth funds available for food processors

26 February 2018

Food processors may be eligible to apply for Growth Fund grants from the Rural Development Programme for England of £35,000 up to £500,000 – but must get an ‘Expression of Interest’ in by 31st May. 

The grants, which businesses have to put a proportion toward, are applied for on the website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme. The website carries clearly written information on applying including the type of grant available, who is eligible, and the Expression of Interest application form.

The Growth Programme is part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. It is administered by the Rural Payments Agency but the spending priorities are set by the Local Enterprise Partnership of the City Region.

Food processors in the Sheffield region have recently been urged to put forward their ideas. Priority projects for the region in the food processing sector include ideas for exporting, new techniques and processes, increasing productivity, and creating the equivalent of one full-time job for each £25,000 of grant.

In the business development area, it is also looking for ideas that allow farming ventures to diversify into non-agricultural activities, create new services and/or make new products.


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