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Funding news - 01/08/2017

RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme Reopens

The Countryside Productivity Scheme forms part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is administered by the Rural Payments Agency.

The scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

The grants are for a minimum of £35,000 and they can cover up to 40% of the eligible costs of a project. If the minimum grant is £35,000, the minimum total eligible cost of a project would therefore be £87,500. The maximum grant per project is normally £1 million.

These grants are intended to improve forestry productivity through felling, extraction and adding value by primary processing of timber products. Grant funding can help pay for:

  • increasing economic return through more efficient felling and extraction processes; and
  • adding value to felled timber by primary processing.

Private forest holders managing at least 10 ha of forest and micro, small, or medium-sized forestry contractor businesses in England may apply.

The government has guaranteed funding for the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme if grants are agreed and signed before the UK’s departure from the EU, even if the grant agreements continue after the UK has left the bloc. This is subject to projects meeting the following conditions:

  • They are good value for money.
  • They are in line with domestic strategic priorities.

Funding is available until 3 April 2018.

More information can be accessed at the programme website

Source:, 01/08/2017

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