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Final call for EU Capital Rural Grant Funding
23rd January 2020

Food and drink producers, businesses and farmers, visitor attractions and accommodation providers, community organisations and public bodies in rural West Sussex learn about capital grant funding opportunities.

Hosted by the Rural West Sussex Partnership, 55 businesses and local organisations attended workshops on 9th and 10th January 2020 in Thakeham and Balcombe to learn out about the capital grant funding that is currently available to support business growth and productivity and to develop or improve the rural tourism infrastructure within the Coast to Capital LEP area.

Delegates heard from representatives of the Rural Payments Agency and the Coast to Capital Growth Hub and participated in a Q&A session, followed by one to one discussions.

Says Roger Paterson MBE, Chairman of the Rural West Sussex Partnership; “The turnout was impressive and we hope these workshops will encourage funding applications from businesses and organisations across the rural West Sussex area.  The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest for the final round of European funding available is the 16th February, whilst the Coast to Capital Growth Grant Programme continues during 2020.”

The RDPE Growth Programme, which currently has an Expression of Interest deadline of midnight on 16 February 2020 offers Food Processing, Rural Tourism Infrastructure, and Business Development funding with a minimum £20,000 grant.  More information and handbooks can be found on the website at

The Coast to Capital Growth Grant Programme 2019-2020, with a minimum grant of £40,000, will help fund capital projects to improve productivity and introduce innovation. Further information on the grant programme and how to apply can be found on the Coast to Capital LEP website at

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