Rural England Prosperity Fund

Rural England Prosperity Fund

The Government has announced that rural businesses such as farms, wedding venues and pubs will benefit from up to £110 million of funding being allocated to local authorities to support countryside communities across England.

The investment will be based on local priorities and support investment in projects such as grants for:

converting farm buildings to other business uses

rural tourism, such as investments in visitor accommodation

capital grants for the provision of gigabit-capable digital infrastructure at hubs such as village halls, pubs and post offices for community use

capital grants to develop, restore or refurbish local natural, cultural and heritage assets and sites

creation of new footpaths and cycle paths, particularly in areas of health need, or capital grants to enable people to develop volunteering and social action projects locally

The Rural England Prosperity Fund worth up to £110 million will be delivered by local authorities and give local leaders a greater say in investment than they previously had under EU schemes.

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