RURAL businesses, farms and community ventures based in Cheshire can apply for £3.7 million in grants.
Eligible bodies can submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the NWDA for projects which will boost the rural economy.
The NWDA is releasing the funding, which is also available in Greater Manchester, from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), a programme running from 2007-2013 which aims to transform the rural economy and is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and managed by the NWDA.
David Hunter, Head of Rural Development at the NWDA, said:
“RDPE in the North West is a significant investment which is working to build a sustainable future for our rural areas.
“In order for significant change to take place we need to support projects which will complement our goals to improve productivity, increase diversification and lead to long-term positive change.”
Grants are available for projects under four key aims and the range of grant available will be from £5,000 to £100,000 for Cheshire.
This funding is available only in those areas of the county which are not already covered by a Local Action Group.