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.