Swindon and Wiltshire LEP have £3.9 million of Rural Growth funding available for small and medium-sized businesses in our rural areas. Grants from £35,000 – approximately £200,000 are available to support businesses wanting to invest in:

  • Tourism accommodation and infrastructure improvements
  • Business development that improves productivity and the sustainable use of natural resources
  • Food and drink processing and manufacturing (open to businesses in rural and urban areas)


  • The Rural Growth programme is open for applications until 31st May 2018
  • Grant from  £35,000 to approximately £200,000
  • Grant rate: up to 40% of eligible costs (higher rates may be available to non-profit organisations in exceptional circumstances).
  • The Rural Growth Programme is administered by the Rural Payments Agency.


For further details and how to apply for these grants go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme