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Rural Growth Network Fund (RGN) capital grants are once again open to ‘Stage 1 - Expression of Interest’ applications until the 3rd October 2016.


These are both competitive calls.  Please note if work has already started on a project it is ineligible for support.

There are two capital grants available to support businesses within the Rural Growth Network (RGN) area covering rural Durham, Gateshead and Northumberland. These are the :-

Rural Business Growth Fund (RBGF)
•    Support for SME business capital investment projects;
•    Rural growth projects that expand productive capacity or enable diversification into new markets or products
•    Priority sectors - manufacturing, knowledge intensive businesses, renewable energy, environment, food and drink and niche tourism.

Please note accommodation projects are NOT eligible to apply through this grant scheme.

Strategic Economic Infrastructure Fund (SEIF)
•    Development of rural enterprise hubs or multiple enterprise units to accommodate a number of businesses within priority locations;
•    Infrastructure works to unlock employment development sites where an end user is in place; or
•    Tourism assets of a strategic nature that will transform the quality and added value of the rural tourism economy (i.e. significant projects identified as strategic priorities within the relevant area Destination Management Plan and/or strategic economic development plans).

Please see the Project Call Guidance documents attached below to check the eligibility of projects. Please read these carefully and if you consider your project to be eligible and would like an application form to apply or you require further clarification please contact the following:

RBGF - Katy McIntosh, RGN Implementation Officer on 01670 528 489  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
SEIF - Julie Bullen, RGN Implementation Officer: on Tel: 01670 528 476 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The deadline for submission of Stage 1 applications is 12.00 noon 3rd October 2016.

Further information on the RGN programme can be found by following the link below:-

Download this file (SEIF Stage 1 Project Call 4 guidance 290716.doc)SEIF Stage 1 Project Call Guidance[ ]1839 kB289 Downloads
Download this file (RBGF Call 2 Project Guidance 290716.doc)RBGF Call 2 Project Guidance[ ]1896 kB250 Downloads
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