Getting support

Getting support

Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the latest information about our budget position for
2011/2012 and what this means for delivery.

  • Some aspects of the Programme are now temporarily closed: Axis
    3 outside Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Local Action across
    the whole region.
  • Other aspects of the Programme under Axis 1 (outside Cornwall
    and Isles of Scilly) will face increasing competition for limited
    remaining resources during 2011/12.
  • There are also some refined
    priorities under which business-led applications for Axis 1
    will be appraised until transition of the Programme’s operational
    delivery from 1 July 2011.

The main contact point for any business interested in getting
support through RDPE is
Business Link’s Rural Service. It offers
business support and advice and helps to identify the best way
forward for each business.

For help, contact Business Link on 0845 600 9966.

What’s available?

RDPE covers a range of activities, aimed at different business
sectors and organisations in rural areas:

Basic services in rural areas – we are still
inviting new applications from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly but
this part of the Programme is temporarily
suspended in the rest of the region

Business
support – information and business advice, including
advice on grants.

Environmental stewardship – agri-environment
grants to encourage farmers and land managers to improve their
environmental management practices.

Forestry
sector support – a variety of grant programmes for
woodland owners under the England Woodland Grant Scheme.

Healthy
Livestock – a bidding round to select regional projects
that will offer specialist advice and information to livestock
farmers.

Local
Action – in line with other areas of the Programme, Defra
has reduced the initial allocation of budgets to Local Action
Groups (LAGs). To help LAGs in the South West manage this, their
funds are being temporarily suspended for new applications.

Resource
management – specialist advice for farmers to improve the
way they manage their resources.

Rural community broadband –
two pilot demonstration projects are underway to deliver high-speed
broadband access

Skills and
training – a regional programme to improve the skills of
the workforce, delivered through a consortium of training
organisations.

Sustainable rural tourism – six strategic,
regional projects to maximise benefits for the tourism industry and
minimise their carbon impact.

Uplands
livestock – targeted support to livestock farmers in the
regions three uplands areas – Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and Exmoor.