BOOST TO RURAL BUSINESSES £60m Rural Economy Grant Scheme
5th March 2012
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The Government has announced a new £60m grant scheme for rural entrepreneurs.  Under the scheme, rural businesses can apply for individual grants which could range from £25,000 to more than £1m each.  The objective is to support the businesses in increasing competitiveness and profits.


Successful applicants will receive up to 40% of the cost of projects. There are five areas it is anticipated the scheme will support which are farm competitiveness; agri-food; tourism; forestry and micro enterprises such as digital media technology and small scale, high value manufacturing.


Applications for grants are now being accepted and further information is available at:


This announcement is part of a broader £165m Government package to unlock the economic potential of our rural areas.


Henley MP, John Howell, said:


“This is a rural constituency.  There are approximately four times as many people living in small and medium sized rural villages here than in towns.  So I welcome this appreciation that we need to foster a growing and robust rural economy


“So often in my constituency surgeries I have small rural businesses asking where they can go to get additional funding. This is a new and welcome avenue I can now suggest to them. It is further proof of how the Government is investing in our rural economy, supporting our countryside and driving growth in rural businesses.”


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