Community grants available to help transform lives across North Northants in 2023

Empowering Rural Businesses through the Rural Business Grant Scheme

In a concerted effort to bolster rural economies, the Rural Business Grant Scheme stands as a beacon of support for businesses seeking resilience and growth. This initiative provides capital grants ranging from £5,000 to £50,000, offering a vital financial boost to enterprises in rural areas. The grants are strategically designed to facilitate investment in equipment or the construction of extensions and alterations, empowering businesses to navigate challenges and seize opportunities.

Under round 3 of this scheme, there is a specific focus on rural diversification. This includes encouraging business diversification and supporting projects linked to the visitor economy. This forward-thinking approach recognizes the evolving landscape of rural businesses, fostering adaptability and innovation.

One notable aspect of the Rural Business Grant Scheme is its emphasis on swift project implementation. Applications are welcomed for projects that can commence promptly and be fully executed, with all spending claimed, by the deadline of 28 February 2025. This timeline underscores the urgency and commitment to driving tangible results for the rural business community.

To apply for these grants, interested parties can access further guidance, eligibility criteria, and an application form by reaching out to Applicants are required to provide their name, business name, and business address, streamlining the process for potential beneficiaries.

The Rural Business Grant Scheme is made possible through the Rural England Prosperity Fund, forming an integral part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. With a colossal £2.6 billion allocated for local investment by March 2025, this fund aligns with the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda. The overarching goal is to enhance pride in place, elevate life chances across the UK, and invigorate communities through strategic investments in local businesses, people, and skills. As rural enterprises stand at the forefront of these initiatives, the Rural Business Grant Scheme emerges as a catalyst for positive change, ensuring a resilient and prosperous future for rural economies.


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