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Rural Business Support Programme (RBSP)


The Rural Business Support Programme (RBSP is made possible through the support of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which runs from 2007-2013 and enables Yorkshire Forward to invest £63m in our region over 6 years. The RDPE is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the UK government.

How much is available?

Grants of up to £25,000 are available through the programme and the minimum grant amount is £2,000 (although this will be looked at on a case-by-case basis). Applicants should note that grant investment is available at 40% towards eligible capital/revenue costs.

Funding will cover 70% of eligible technical training costs related to the proposal. Training costs should not exceed 50% of the grant total and must be no more than £3,500 per individual.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • A new rural enterprise
  • A genuine new rural enterprise within an existing business, where the applicant is committed to establishing the new enterprise as a new business within two years for an initial period of 12 months from 1st April 2009
  • A rural business where the investment is to fund genuine potential for growth

Want to find out more?

To find out more about the Rural Business Support Programme (RBSP) please contact Business Link.

Business Link Yorkshire

One Capitol Court, Capitol Business Park, Dodworth, Barnsley, S75 3TZ
Tel: 08456 048048 or

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