Grant schemes and diversification

Extension of planning permissions

The provisions in the Business and Planning Act 2020 that extend the duration of some planning permissions come into effect on 19 August 2020. Under the Act, which applies to planning...

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February deadline for RDPE capital grants

The RDPE Growth Programme is currently open for applications for grant funding for projects which create jobs and growth in the rural economy. These grants are available to both new and...

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Grants to restore historic farm buildings

The Historic Building Restoration Grant scheme opened for applications on 29 March 2018.  The scheme is being piloted in the Dartmoor, Lake District, Northumberland, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Owners...

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Extended deadline for RDPE Growth Programme grants

The RDPE Growth Programme offers grant funding for a range projects including farm diversification into non-agricultural activities.  Read the piece that we wrote last year about the programme.  The original January deadline...

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New tax case allows IHT relief for livery business

“Agricultural and other rural trading businesses qualify for either agricultural or business property relief from inheritance tax but, for many years, the established position has been that livery yards do not...

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More grant funding for rural businesses

“As part of a planned investment of £3.5 billion into the rural economy, Defra has announced a £200 million round of grant funding to support rural businesses investing in new equipment;...

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Countryside Productivity Scheme open for applications

The Countryside Productivity Scheme opened for applications on 1 August 2017 for foresters for projects to improve productivity, and arable farmers and horticultural businesses for water resource management projects. The grants...

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Small Dairy Farmers Scheme open for applications

The Small Dairy Farmers Scheme opened for applications on 24 April 2017.   The scheme offers a one off payment to eligible farmers who apply for funding.  A total of £8.5 million is available and...

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