This guidance explains what the Growth Programme is, what grants are available, who can apply for a grant, what they must do if their application is successful.
What is the Growth Programme?
The Growth Programme provides funding to help projects in England which create jobs and help rural economy growth. These grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) manages the grants, working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
‘Calls for applications’
The RPA will publish calls for applications. These calls invite applications for grants in specific LEP areas. Each call will reflect the priorities set by the LEP and will clearly state:
what types of grants are open for applications
the opening and closing dates and times for applications
Applications received after the closing date and time will not be accepted.
Grants are available for:
small-scale tourism infrastructure
Available grants in each area and who can apply for them are listed in the table below. Different grants will be available at different times.
The ESIF strategies show how Growth Programme funds will be used to help businesses grow and create jobs in local areas. The types of project that can get funding will vary depending on the LEP’s strategy for that area.