Grants of £1 million

The Rural Economy Grant Scheme, worth up to £60 million in total, will be launched.

Grants for local businesses will be available of up to £1 million, aimed at micro and SME businesses to boost farm competitiveness and support significant growth in particular for agri-food, rural tourism, forestry, renewable energy and high growth sectors.

The Rural Economy Grant is another measure to be introduced under the Rural Development Program for England (RDPE) and adds to the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) launched in November 2011.

The FFIS is a scheme of support, developed to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses in England.