The Rural Development Programme for England provides money for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life.

Funding goes to schemes to:

  • improve the environment
  • increase the productivity of farming and forestry
  • grow the rural economy

There are separate rural development programmes for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Who can apply for funding

You may be able to apply for funding if you’re:

  • a farmer, grower or forester
  • managing land or woodland
  • a business owner in a rural area
  • a food business
  • living in a rural community

The new Rural Development Programme funding will start in 2015 and continue until 2020. Find about the new funding schemes.