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The Rural England Prosperity Fund

Closing date:

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is now pleased to announce the launch of the Rural England Prosperity Fund, part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).  The Prospectus is now available and sets out the eligibility guidelines for the Fund and details on how to apply.

The Rural Fund in West Yorkshire is being operated as a capital grants project, with total funding of £2,567,501 available for small businesses of up to 50 employees to help to improve productivity and strengthen the rural economy.

The Rural Fund has been made available to support projects that will directly and positively contribute to addressing the unique obstacles to productivity and economic growth that face rural communities.

Three priority ‘themes’ have been identified that have the potential to address these issues as follows;

  • Business development - to implement new innovative technologies, processes, or equipment to improve productivity and competitiveness providing benefits to the wider rural economy,
  • Food processing - for business development but also implementing automation.
  • Visitor economy/tourism infrastructure - to support a mix of business and community infrastructure grants.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing UKSPFWestYorkshire@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

The fund is open until 31/03/2025 or until exhausted.