CLOSED Business support: call in Hertfordshire (17RD15BS0001).

This call invites applications for investments that will support new and existing rural micro and small enterprises to expand and help farmers diversify into non-agricultural activities.

This call is now closed. Please do not submit an application for this call. The information provided on this page is for reference purposes only.


This call is looking to support the growth of rural micro and small businesses and create jobs in the Hertfordshire LEP area.

For more information, download the call specification.


Projects must be located within the rural Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership area.


Grants will be available for this call from £35,000 up to €200,000 (approximately £140,000) depending on state aid already received.


RPA expect that the call will be open for 12 months. The call may close early if RPA receive enough good quality applications.

Outline application deadline: 26 August 2016 at 17:00hrs with review points at:

  • Friday 27 November 2015 at 17:00hrs
  • Friday 26 February 2016 at 17:00hrs
  • Friday 27 May 2016 at 17:00hrs

Before applying

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.

Contact details

If you have a question call the Rural Payments helpline on 03000 200 301 or

Call reference number: (17RD15BS0001)

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