Farmers urged to look into new funding targeting rural areas

04 August 2023

Typical view of Swaledale in the Yorkshire, with dry stone walls and dotted with stone barns

Over £27 million has been made available to fund small businesses and community infrastructure in the north of England in the new Rural England Prosperity Fund. NFU members are urged to see how they might benefit from grant support through the fund, as part of a drive to secure long-term funding.

The fund is a replacement for EU structural funds such as LEADER and the Growth Programme.

Funding has been allocated proportionately across councils throughout the North of England, and are being administered individually by each council. Visit your local council website using the links below and find out how you can apply for funding.

“It is well worth checking it out online to see what might be available for your business.”

NFU North policy adviser, Adam Briggs

Find out more information from your local authority

Authority More information
Mayoral Combined Authorities
North of Tyne North of Tyne Combined Authority
South Yorkshire South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority
Tees Valley Tees Valley Combined Authority
West Yorkshire West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Unitary Authorities
County Durham Durham County Council
East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire Council
York City of York Council
Cheshire East Cheshire East Council
Cheshire West and Chester Cheshire West and Chester Council
Upper Tier Authorities
North Yorkshire North Yorkshire Council
Lower Tier Authorities
Allerdale Cumberland Council
Carlisle Cumberland Council
Chorley Chorley Council
Copeland Cumberland Council
Eden Westmorland and Furness Council
Lancaster Lancaster City Council
Ribble Valley Ribble Valley Borough Council
South Lakeland Westmorland and Furness Council
West Lancashire West Lancashire Borough Council

Get involved to ensure farming gets a fair share

NFU North policy adviser Adam Briggs says member involvement is crucial to make sure farming gets its fair share of the funds and that more money is channelled through REPF in future.

“Every council is approaching how they administer this funding in a different way and not all funds are open at the moment,” he said. “But it is well worth checking it out online to see what might be available for your business.”

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