Rural Funding (EARDF)


Rural businesses across Berkshire can access £720,000 of funding being made available to grow companies and create jobs in rural communities. We are inviting owners of new and established businesses based in rural Berkshire to find out more about how they can apply for a share of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

If your company is rurally-based and requires funding to develop and grow, this rural funding could be a significant step towards achieving your plans. We are inviting applications for capital investments to create jobs and grow rural micro and small businesses in the LEP area. Priority will be given to projects that: implement new technologies, processes or equipment to improve productivity allow farm businesses to diversify into non-agricultural activities construct and develop workshops, factories and other premises and facilities where there is clear evidence of need and demand. There is also specific funding for businesses that will develop and grow tourism in rural areas through infrastructure, attractions, events, festivals and high quality accommodation. 

    • Calls are on a single page on which holds all the information applicants need including the application process, including the Expression of Interest form and guidance on how to complete it
    • The page includes handbooks for each type of call, which include information on what activity is eligible and how to apply
    • Each handbook also contains a LEP Directory, which lists each LEP area that is participating in each of the calls. It also provides a brief summary of the local priorities applicants will need to deliver against.


    The Call for Rural Tourism Infrastructure Grants in the Berkshire area can be found here (page 64)

    The Call for Business Development Grants in the Berkshire area can be found here (page 57)

    Please check this map for rural classification. 

    For more information please contact Stuart Anderson, Rural Development Manager at DEFRA, at or 0207 7644850.





    For information on the LEADER programme please click here to download the PDF.