EU Rural Funding event

EU Rural funding Event


European Rural Funding Event to be held onTuesday 10th January 2017, 10am-15.30pm.  This is your chance to hear about EU funding opportunities for projects with a strong rural focus across the New Anglia and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough (GCGP) LEP areas.


This event is being hosted by the New Anglia and GCGP Local Enterprise Partnerships and is supported by Defra, the Rural Payments Agency, and Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils.


This event is taking place at theRed Lodge Millennium Centre.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  Registration details can be found below. An Events Programme and details on how to get there will be circulated nearer the time.


Following recent government announcements confirming that EU funding in the current 2014-2020 Programmes will be guaranteed by Government to the point that the UK formally leaves the European Union (expected to be spring-summer 2019) both LEPs have been working with Defra to agree new Calls under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) Growth Programme - part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). 


These Calls are expected to be launched in early January 2017 and are likely to remain open for approximately 12 to 18 months.  We want to ensure that local stakeholders are well prepared to take advantage of these funding opportunities whilst they are still available.


In New Anglia, new Calls with an overall value of around £11m will be published seeking projects under the following EAFRD Growth Programme Sub-Measures:


4.2       Food Processing

6.4       Business Development

7.5       Tourism Infrastructure

16.3     Tourism Co-operation


IN GCGP, Calls will be published with an overall value of around £7m under the following Sub-Measures:


4.2       Food Processing

6.4       Business Development


In addition, LEADER activity is now fully operational across many areas of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and we want to provide more details about available funding under these Programmes.


The agenda on the day will include speakers from the Defra, both LEPs and you will hear about LEADER opportunities across both LEP areas as well as information about the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative.  We also hope to bring some case studies of successful projects across all of these programmes.


There is significant scope for new projects to come forward under the EAFRD Growth Programme and LEADER.  We will identify national and local priorities going forward and provide delegates with advice and support to help them to develop project ideas and partnerships.  There will also be an opportunity to have 1-2-1 technical discussions with colleagues from the RPA, LEPs and County Councils.


This event is considered to be of particular interest to rural businesses, including farmers and landowners, seeking to expand or diversify, business support organisations and intermediaries, tourism providers and consortia, rural economy practitioners and partners who can support and promote these funding opportunities.


Places will be limited and confirmed on a first come first served basis.  Depending on the level of interest for the event, we may need to limit attendance to a single representative from any organisation.


Please register to attend this event on Eventbrite:


For further details contact Matt Jones, External Funding Specialist, Suffolk County Council: or 07860 917014