From January 2017, EU grant funding is available via the RDPE Growth Programme. This is to help projects in England that create jobs and growth in the local economy.

An Open Rolling Call under EAFRD Sub-Measure 4.2 (Food Processing Grants) Up to £3.25m is being made available under this Call, which closes on 31st January 2018.

The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough (GCGP) area has some of the most productive agriculture land in the UK with a focus on arable crops and intensive horticulture. The area has a strong and growing food processing sector attracting inward investment from across Europe.

The sector has a good record of adopting innovations in food technology and GCGP’s ESIF strategy identifies food and drink processing as an important sector for growth and the creation of new jobs.

This call is focused on developing added value food production and the adoption of innovation to increase the long term competitiveness in the sector.

Grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 are available for good quality eligible projects in the GCGP LEP area.

Priority will be given to projects that address one or more of the following:

  • Introduce new or improved processes and techniques, leading to an increase in productivity and job creation
  • Create new higher skilled jobs above the current average skill level of jobs in the applicant business
  • Open new product markets to the business – for example:
    • targeting export markets
    • reducing the need for imports
    • construct new and high-value distribution hubs, to add value to existing supply chains and/or connect to distribution networks across other LEP areas

How to apply for a food processing grant

Applicants can submit an Expression of Interest at any time before the closing date of January 2018.

The Call documents and instructions on how to apply can be accessed here.

This is a national Call taking place across England. Details of the local priorities for the GCGP area can be found on Page 41 of the Call document. Projects will be expected to contribute to national and local priorities.

Grants of between £100,000 and £500,000