The Countryside Productivity Scheme
The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Under the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme, there are grants for:
- water resource management and reservoirs
- improving forestry productivity
- adding value to Agri-food
- improving farm productivity
The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
£200 Million Boost for Rural England
A press release on the DEFRA website at the end of this summer announced that there are new grants available to rural businesses in England.
“This round of funding will include:
- £30 million to improve rural broadband – the grants available will encourage growth by helping provide broadband services at speeds of 30Mbps or faster where this is not available or planned. It will supplement existing Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport investment in rural broadband.
- £45 million to help rural businesses grow and invest in new equipment – rural businesses, including those engaged in tourism and food production, can apply for funding to invest in their company, helping them to expand, diversify, and invest in new technology.
- £120 million for projects that improve farm productivity – this money will help farmers, foresters and landowners manage their land more effectively. Funding will be available for a wide range of purposes, including woodland management equipment, creating on-farm reservoirs and using water more efficiently.”
For more information and to read the press release click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/200-million-boost-for-rural-england
BSW Community Grant
British Science Week will take place on 9-18th March 2018 and to support the week there have been three grant schemes set up, one of which is the British Science Week Community Grant. The Grant will offer £500-£1000 for community groups that work directly with people ‘who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged with science activity’. One of the defined groups that would be eligible are ‘people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people’.
For more information https://www.britishscienceweek.org/about-us/grants/