Grants now open to rural businesses

Grants of up to £750,000 are now available to help rural businesses in North Somerset grow and diversify.

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) has released a new round of funds that are open to rural start-ups and businesses, social enterprises and local authorities.

If you are looking to develop your business or enhance tourism facilities by improving buildings, buying new equipment or providing the necessary infrastructure you can apply to one of three funds:

Grants range from a minimum of £20,000 to a maximum of £750,000 and can meet up to 40 per cent of the project costs with the balance being provided by the applicant.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Sunday 16 February. For more information visit: or contact Josyanne Clarke, Economic Development Officer at North Somerset Council, at or 01934 426 914.