Our consultants have significant experience and success in identifying and securing grant funding on behalf of their clients.
We have extensive knowledge of the various grant aid schemes available, and have developed strong links with various grant awarding bodies.
We work with our clients, often from the very outset or their project concepts, to help identify at an early stage whether they may be grant funding available to them. Depending upon the project this can be between 30-80%, typically capital grants are around 40%. This can make a valuable contribution to a projects finances, and is often the deciding factor on whether an idea should progress further.
Our services in this field typically include:
- Sourcing and identification of suitable grant opportunities
- Appraising of project against eligibility and target objectives
- Managing application process
- Assist with production of business plan and financial forecasts
- Managing the project through securing of competitive quotations
- Assist with any planning permission or consent requirements
If you are unsure what exactly you require then please get in touch for a free no obligation discussion as to what we can offer you. We offer a completely flexible service as many of our clients will have done some work already or want to do some components themselves. Our view is that no-one will know your business and market better than you.
Current available grants
There are a number of grant programs currently available the majority of these come out of Rural Development Programme (RDPE) for England will 2014 and 2020, which follows on from the previous scheme that ran between 2007 and 2013.
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) to deliver grants in the following areas.
Business development – Micro and small businesses in a rural area, including social enterprises. Farmers wanting to diversify into non-agricultural activities
Food processing – Micro, small and medium-sized food-processing businesses processing Annex 1 products (examples include meat, milk, grain and root vegetables)
Small scale tourism infrastructure – Rural businesses and rural communities, farmers and land owners
Tourism cooperation – Businesses in a rural area. Charities, public bodies, community groups and destination organisations operating in a rural area
Rural Development Programme for England: LEADER funding
- Localised funding program, with awarding Local Action Group made up of local stakeholders from public and private sector.
- Support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
- Boost rural tourism
- Increase farm productivity
- Increase forestry productivity
- Provide rural services
- Provide cultural and heritage activities
Countryside Stewardship (CS) provides financial incentives for land managers to look after their environment through activities such as:
- Conserving and restoring wildlife habitats
- Flood risk management
- Woodland creation and management
- Reducing widespread water pollution from agriculture
- Keeping the character of the countryside
- Preserving features important to the history of the rural landscape
- Encouraging educational access
There are a number of additional grant programs available for a range of projects both domestic and commercial, such as energy efficiency improvements including free insulation (cavity wall and loft). We often work with clients to manage the application process on their behalf.