The Rural Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure grants are now open to new applications.
The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) form is 16 February 2020.
You could be eligible for a Rural Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.
There are 3 types of grant:
- Business development
- Food processing
- Rural tourism infrastructure
The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).
Read the handbooks
The handbooks will tell you more about each type of grant, including:
- who can apply
- how and when to apply
- which specific activities you can claim for (and which you can’t)
- what grants are available in your area
The handbooks can be found here:
How to apply
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will assess all expressions of interest. RPA will look for projects that meet the national and local priorities for funding, and will decide which meet the criteria the best. This means grants are not awarded automatically to an applicant.
There is a 2-part application process (starting with submitting an ‘expression of interest’) to tell RPA about the work you’re doing and how the grant could help you with it.
If RPA assesses that your expression of interest is suitable, they will invite you to submit a full application.
The Expression of Interst (EOI) Form and EOI Form Guidance Notes can be found here: