Rural Development Programme for England
RDPE – Rural Development Programme for England – works to make England’s agriculture and forestry sectors more competitive, improve the quality of life in rural areas and diversify rural economies.
The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) provides money for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life. Funding goes to schemes to improve the environment, increase the productivity of farming and forestry and grow the rural economy. The fund is aimed at predominantly at farmers, growers or foresters, business owners in rural areas and food businesses.
Fund focus – RDPE 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 and improving farm productivity.
“While we have noticed a shift away from rural grants to tech and innovation driven grants in the past few years, Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funding is still available. Funding is often delivered via LAG’s (Local Action Groups) and LEP’s (Local Enterprise Partnerships).
For example, businesses can apply to their Local Action Group (LAG) for funding for projects that create jobs and benefit the rural economy under the “LEADER” scheme – a total of £138 million is available under this scheme.”
Like all funding sources, the grant funding available for the rural economy is cyclical and we expect to see more rural grant funding come through in the coming months.”