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Rural business grants of up to £50,000 now available

Rural business grants of up to £50,000 are now available to small businesses (with up to 50 employees), charities and community groups in parts of Surrey.

Companies with up to 50 employees based in Waverley, Guildford and Tandridge are invited to apply. Grants can be used for up to 50% of eligible projects.  

The funding is provided by the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF). It aims to support development, jobs, growth and community enterprise in rural areas. 

The rural business grants are between £2,500 and £50,000.

It can be used to help towards the costs of a range of items. This includes new tools and equipment, refurbishments, vehicles, digital infrastructure, green tourism, farm diversification and other rural projects.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how their project helps contribute to Net Zero or nature recovery objectives, whilst being good value for money.  

Information on the types of projects that are eligible is available on the Surrey County Council website. Apply for the funding online here.  

The Rural England Prosperity Fund is financed by the government.

It is administered and managed by Surrey County Council (SCC) on behalf of the District and Boroughs of Tandridge, Guildford and Waverley.  

How to apply for rural business grants

Applications for a grant from the Rural England Prosperity Fund can be done online via the Surrey County Council website.

The window for applications are now open. All funding is expected to be allocated by November 2024.

Before applying, businesses are encouraged to visit the government website to check your geographical eligibility.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed regularly on a first come first served basis by an independent Local Action Group (LAG) panel.

All projects will be scored with funding handed out to successful projects.

What other Net Zero support is available?

Going green is good for business. It can help your business grow, seize new opportunities, create new jobs, encourage investment and adapt against the challenges of a changing planet. Reducing emissions can also save your business money.

We are working with businesses and organisations to nurture innovation to help the transition to a net zero economy. Find out more on our dedicated Green and Net Zero page.

Or, you can get free advice and support for your Surrey business via our business support form.

You can also search for information near you via our Support Directory.