Defra’s productivity funding scheme, which help farmers to buy the equipment they need to boost productivity, save time and increase yields. More than 3,500 grants worth £23.5 million have been awarded to successful applicants.
The Growth Programme is seeking applications for grants for businesses wishing to develop food processing activities in the North East.
The Forestry Commission is offering free support to help forestry businesses access Rural Development Programme (RDPE) funding.
Money is available through LEADER to fund projects that will create business growth and employment in rural areas.
North East Rural Growth Network is a partnership under the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) and North East Farming and Rural Advisory Network (NEFRAN).
The Dean Organic Fund, run by the Organic Research Centre, has opened the second round of interest-free loans ranging from £5,000 to £25,000 to small-scale organic/agro-ecological producers and food businesses.
There are a number of funding opportunities from the Rural Development Programme.
Areas significantly affected by the weather event (known as the Beast from the East and Storm Emma) included Bewcastle, the communities along the East Fellside, the Alston area, Nenthead Garrigill and Greenhead. Communities were cut-off for days and emergency relief was provided by Chinook helicopters.
At the end of last year Defra announced four new simplified offers under Countryside Stewardship’s Mid-Tier scheme.