More funds for rural businesses in the North of England

Over £27 million has been made available by the government to fund small businesses and community infrastructure in the North of England in the new Rural England Prosperity Fund. NFU members are urged to see how they might benefit from grant support through the fund, as part of a drive to secure long-term funding.

The fund is a replacement for EU structural funds such as LEADER and the Growth Programme.

Funding has been allocated proportionately across councils throughout the North of England, and are being administered individually by each council. Visit your local council website using the links below and find out how you can apply for funding.

Hat-tip for this table from, the NFU, who are encouraging farmers to check this out and make sure that  farming gets its fair share of the funds available: sounds like an excellent idea to me, and other local businesses in rural areas in the North of England might like to do the same. I have updated the table slightly to reflect 2023 changes in local government. From 2024 there will be a new Mayoral Combined authority working with two of the Unitary authorities below, York and North Yorkshire.

AreaLink for more information
Mayoral Combined Authorities
North of TyneNorth of Tyne Combined Authority
South YorkshireSouth Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority
Tees ValleyTees Valley Combined Authority
West YorkshireWest Yorkshire Combined Authority
Unitary Authorities
County DurhamDurham County Council
East Riding of YorkshireEast Riding of Yorkshire Council
YorkCity of York Council
Cheshire EastCheshire East Council
Cheshire West and ChesterCheshire West and Chester Council
New Unitary authority
North YorkshireNorth Yorkshire Council
Current or former Lower Tier Authority areas
Allerdale (former borough area)Cumberland Council
Carlisle (former city council area)Cumberland Council
ChorleyChorley Council
Copeland (former borough area)Cumberland Council
Barrow in Furness, and
Eden (former council areas)
Westmorland and Furness Council
LancasterLancaster City Council
Ribble ValleyRibble Valley Borough Council
South Lakeland (former district area)Westmorland and Furness Council
West LancashireWest Lancashire Borough Council


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