Rural Economy Grant (REG)

The Rural Economy Grant (REG) provides grants to enable a significant ‘game-changing', transformational performance in farm, forestry, tourism, agri-food businesses and micro businesses in rural areas in England.

The Rural Economy Grant outline application round has now closed.

Defra have received a very high number of applications to date. Any future application round will be dependent on the availability of RDPE funds following the appraisal and selection of the applications received to date.

Defra announced on 11th July that a specific Dairy Fund will be available to help producers to increase their competitiveness and added value. Further details can be found on the Dairy Fund page.

Micro-Enterprise Support in Rural Growth Network Areas

Whilst the REG application round has now closed, due to a delay in establishing micro-enterprise support in the 5 Rural Growth Network areas, Rural Economy Grant support (for micro-enterprise businesses in the target sectors only) will be available in these locations in the near future.

Following the selection of the Rural Growth Networks we are currently working with the successful areas to identify what support will be available, and the best method for businesses to apply. Further details will be made available as soon as possible.

The 5 selected Rural Growth Network areas are as follows:

  • Cumbria 
  • Northumberland, Durham, and Gateshead
  • Coventry and Warwickshire 
  • Swindon and Wiltshire 
  • Devon and Somerset

Further information regarding the Rural Growth Networks is available at:  



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