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This call invites applications to support investments that help micro and small businesses in rural areas to grow and create new jobs.
For more information, download the call specification call specification.
Projects must be located within the rural Enterprise M3 LEP area.
Grants will be available for this call Grants will be available for this call from £50,000 up to €200,000 (approximately £140,000) depending on state aid already received.
Outline application deadline Friday 8 January 2016 at 1700 hours.
Applicants need to register on Rural Payments before applying. (If they have already registered, they won’t need to do this again.)
After registering, applicants will get a Single Business Identifier for their Growth Programme application.
Applicants must still register with Rural Payments even if they have a Single Business Identifier.
Applicants needing support to register for Rural Payments can call the Rural Payments helpline on 03000 200 301.
How to apply
There are 2 stages to the application process – an outline application and a full application. Rural Payments Agency will assess applications at both stages and only the highest-scoring applications will be successful.
Applicants will need to fill in 2 application forms to apply for a grant:
Stage 1: an outline application then if successful.
Stage 2: a full application.
Decisions on outline applications
If an outline application is endorsed, the Rural Payments Agency will ask the applicant to submit a full application.
Growth Programme: grants for the rural economy explains what an applicant must do to apply for a grant, how grant applications are assessed and how to meet the terms of a grant funding offer if an application is successful.
If you have a question call the Rural Payments helpline on 03000 200 301 or GPEnquiries@rpa.gsi.gov.uk.
Call reference number: 10RD15TO0002