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Rural Businesses

These grants are for developing or starting micro and small businesses and for farm diversification projects (for example, contracting services) that will create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

Who can apply:

  • Micro and small businesses based in rural locations, including social enterprises;
  • People who want to start a business that is in a rural area; and
  • Farming businesses that want to diversify (expand into non-farming activities).

Examples of the type of activities that could be funded are set out below.  For detailed information about eligibility criteria, the amount of funding you can apply for and how to submit an application please refer to the Wash Fens Applicant Handbook.

Grants can be used for:
Starting a new business;
Construction costs or establishment costs for workshops, factories, premises and facilities;
Purchasing equipment (not consumables);
Processing and marketing of non-agricultural products;
Processing and marketing of agricultural products;
Social service provision;
Developing craft and handicraft activities;
Setting up an IT business; and
Leisure, recreational and sport activities.

Costs could include:
Construction, acquisition (including leasing) or improvement to immovable property;
The purchase or hire purchase of new and second hand machinery and equipment
General costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (restricted to a maximum of 15% of total project costs);
Intangible investments including, acquisition or development of computer software;
acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights, trademarks;

How to apply


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Last updated: 7 June 2016

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