Roger Allonby

Rural Payments Agency

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Grant Funding

About Roger Allonby

Roger Allonby is currently the Rural Payment Agency’s Head of Central Region, working with a wide range of public and private partnerships across the East Midlands, West Midlands and East of England to implement the Rural Development Programme for England’s socio-economic grant schemes in response to national policy priorities and local need. Roger has over 18 years of experience in a wide range of regional economic development and regeneration roles.

The Rural Development Programme for England provides a wide range of grant funding to support the creation of rural jobs and enable business growth, increase the productivity of farming and forestry, and and improve the quality of life in rural areas.

The seminar will provide an overview of the following funding that is or will soon be available, and how to apply.

The Growth Programme provides grant funds of £35,000+ for business development, food processing, and tourism infrastructure projects that lead to job creation and/ or economic growth in response to locally identified priorities.

The Countryside Productivity scheme provides a range of small and larger grants to agriculture, horticulture and forestry businesses to improve competitiveness.

LEADER is led by Local Action Groups, providing usually lower levels of grant funding to enable local business growth.

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