Rural Funding Event

Rural Funding Event
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This event is aimed at businesses and organisations based in rural Shropshire who might be eligible to apply for funding from European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), administered by DEFRA, and other DEFRA Grant Schemes.

The event will include information on the RDPE Growth Programme covering funding for business development, tourism and food and drink projects. There will also be an update on the South Shropshire LEADER Programme which provides grants to rural businesses for farm diversification, tourism, cultural, heritage activities, forestry and other rual services.

There is also an opportunity to hear more about the new AGRI support programme (funded via the European Regional Development Fund) which seeks to address barriers to growth in the agri-food industry by providing innovation support service focused on companies involved with agri-tech, food manufacturing and logistics.


8:30am Registration and breakfast

9:00am onwards

  • Introductions.

  • Defra/RPA presentation(s) on RDPE Growth Programme

  • Shropshire LEADER Programme

  • AGRI – Agri-tech Growth and Resources for Innovation – Aston University

  • Summary and next steps outline workshop dates for potential applicants

  • Networking

12pm Close

Please note that parking for this event is pay and display. More information can be found here;

The event is being jointly run by the RDPE Network, Shropshire LEADER Programme and the Marches Growth Hub Shropshire.

The RDPE Network supports the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which works to make England’s agriculture and forestry sectors more competitive, to improve the quality of life in rural areas and to diversify rural economies.

RDPE Network is part of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.


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