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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

EAFRD funding is made up of a number of distinct elements, a small proportion of which is being made available to LEP areas through the EU SIF processes as part of a wider Growth Programme.

The Growth Programme is explained on GOV.UK.

On these pages you can also find general eligibility criteria and a description of the grants that will be available through the EAFRD element of EU SIF funding.  Grant is available for the following types of business activity:

  • Business development
  • Food processing
  • Small-scale tourism infrastructure
  • Tourism co-operation

These grants are not available everywhere, all of the time.  The grants become available in tranches but only in those LEP areas that strategically want to offer them. 

The Rural Growth Programme for the West of England LEP is now open for applications.

An initial open-ended round will run from January 2017 until January 2018, so we encourage businesses to apply, obtain and invest grants to support their start-up, expansion or growth plans.  The West of England Rural Growth Fund Priorities are outlined here.

You can download the information handbook along with the Expression of Interest Form and guide from here:

This grant programme sits alongside the existing LEADER programme and other European Union Funds.

For more information please email

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