Funding & Support

If you are a farmer, grower, forester, land owner, rural business or part of a rural community you could potentially benefit from funding provided through the Rural Development Programme for England.

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) grants cover a lot of different sectors and the links below signpost you to the relevant grant pages of each scheme:-

Funding for Agricultural, Forestry & Rural Businesses and Communities

Since taking over responsibility for the delivery of the RDPE socio-economic elements, through the newly established RDPE Delivery Teams, Defra is providing a strong lead on the priorities for delivery. In particular, Defra has refocused remaining socio-economic resources (circa £100 million) of RDPE in line with the priorities of the Rural Economy Growth Review published on 29 November 2011.

Please contact your local RDPE Delivery Team to discuss your ideas.

Local Action Groups

Local Action Groups may be able to support local projects, communities and businesses. Contact your Local Action Group to find out what funding is available in your area.

Funding for Forestry or your Woodland

Woodland owners or managers who are concerned about the effect the impact of ash die-back on their woodland sites funded under the England Woodland Grant Scheme should contact their Forestry Commission adviser as soon as possible or attend one of the workshops being set up by the Forestry Commission to provide advice and guidance on dealing with this issue.

The English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) provides grant support for landowners wanting to create new woodland and carry out sustainable woodland management, particularly where it protects and enhances the woodland's environmental or social value.

Environment funding Environmental Stewardship and Energy Crops

Environmental Stewardship is an agri-environment scheme that provides funding to farmers and other land managers in England to deliver effective environmental management on your land. 

Share projects

The projects directory holds records of all types of projects related to all regions. Submit your project to the directory and find other similar projects in your area.

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Find out about the latest activities within RDPE and get involved in the next event in your area. Find out about upcoming activities and look back at past activities.

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