How to apply

The West of England Rural Development Programme is now CLOSED to new applications. Thank you for all your interest in the programme.


There are two stages to the formal application process

  • Expression of interest (eligibility for funding assessed by WoE RDP staff team)
  • Full application (given detailed appraisal, ranked against other projects, final decision made by LAG).

Expressions of interest will be assessed for completeness and eligibility. If the application is complete and the project is eligible (according to the criteria given in the applicants’ handbook) you will be invited to complete a full application within the allocated time frame. You will be notified within 10 working days of receipt of the expression of interest if you can proceed to make a full application.

If the expression of interest is not accepted, you will be told why and provided with details of how to improve your project should you wish to re-submit.

Full applications and the portfolio of supporting documents, which will include financial accounts, cash-flow projections, quotes for all eligible costs, confirmation of any permissions required and other supporting information will be independently appraised.

Note that we appoint project sponsors to guide you through the process and we strongly advise you make use of the appointed person.


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