EAFRD Growth Programme
The first phase of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) Growth Programme is now open for business in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The EAFRD Growth Programme, which is part of the wider Rural Development Programme, is worth £9.4m and will run alongside the wider EU Growth Programme from 2014 – 2020.
Through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Investment (EAFRD) there is the ambition to remove barriers to growth by supporting improvements in competitiveness, increasing innovation, building efficiencies across the food and non-food supply chain and providing local business support.
Applications are sought from micro, small and medium sized enterprises in rural and urban areas that are seeking grant assistance for investments in processing and/or development of agricultural products. All projects must be located in CIOS. The EAFRD Growth Programme funding opportunities will be announced through a series of ‘calls’, the first of which is for SME support - investments that add value to primary agricultural and horticultural products– and has been published on the 27/07/15, The total value of this call is £2.5 million and applications for grants of between £35,000 and £1,000,000 million in Cornwall and between £10,000 and £1,000,000 on the Isles of Scilly are expected. Further details can be found here
The aim of this call is to help farmers, growers and food processing businesses grow and develop existing markets and expand into new markets. Applicants must demonstrate how their project provides direct economic benefits to the CIOS area including the creation of new jobs and increased productivity. Applicants must show how the farmers and growers that supply the raw materials will directly benefit from the project. Micro, small and medium sized businesses can apply for these grants if they process Annex 1 agricultural and horticultural products. The exception is fisheries products, which are not eligible for these grants.