Grant funding is now available through the Growth Programme for Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism projects in England. Across these three areas, a total fund of £1,318,000 has been allocated for the Cheshire and Warrington area.
Priority will be given to business development projects that support micro and small businesses, introduce new products, enable farm diversification into non-agricultural activities and promote sustainability in manufacturing and processing.
Food Processing priorities include improving economic performance and productivity, adding value to produce and creating jobs with a minimum grant of £35,000
Rural Tourism grants are prioritised to investments in new tourism infrastructure connected to culture and heritage, the natural environment and outdoor pursuits as well as events and festivals.
Fran Griffiths of Rostons, Rural Property Experts based in Chester, comments that “if you think that your project may be eligible for funding please contact one of the Rostons team who will be happy to help”.
Examples of schemes that Rostons have been involved with that are likely to qualify include equestrian, milk vending machines, holiday lets, processing of vegetables/adding value pre retail and farm shops.