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Diversification into Non-Agricultural Activities

Who Can Apply?

Support is available for members of a farm business that is generating an income from agriculture at the time the grant application is made.  Applicants will be looking to diversify into non-agricultural activities.  

From 1st January 2010 grants are up to 50% other than in exceptional circumstances and with justification of need and delivery of the scheme outputs.  The Programme Officer will discuss this with you during the Expression of Interest stage.


Examples may include:

  • Developing traditional industries such as dry stone walling, hedge laying and woodland crafts.
  • Developing the production and supply of alternative fuel supplies, such as bio-fuel, wood fuel supplies and bringing under managed woodland back into use.
  • Developing and promoting food and drink products, farm shops and nurseries
  • Developing tourist accommodation and farm-based visitor attractions
  • Providing gallery/exhibition/craft space, business premises and meeting rooms for community benefit
  • Developing woodland and countryside access as canal related business such as cycle hire centres and eating out establishments
  • Providing promotional opportunities to increase the awareness of activities within the rural community
  • Promotion of locally farmed products to businesses in the area to encourage local procurement benefits.
  • Delivering clear economic benefits, new job creation/new businesses, enhance the tourism offer.
  • Training activities to assist farmers to diversify.


Eligible Activities may include:

  • retailing, manufacturing or service industries, including self made products, recreation, equestrian and creative industries (eg artisan crafts, sculpture)
  • environmental services, including the traditional trades required to maintain and enhance the landscape
  • renewable energy, including storage/supply of wood fuel (planting support and forestry processing activity are eligible from other agencies).



Eligible Costs may include:

  • grant aid towards the costs of capital investment
  • start-up revenue costs (if this involves salary costs, it must be digressive if spread over several years)
  • market research and feasibility studies, where linked to the investment to be made
  • marketing support, product development, branding and design costs
  • technical support to help new businesses become established and to help existing businesses to consolidate and expand.


Outputs - depending on the level of grant requested, we will expect eligible grant recipients to achieve some of the following


Number of beneficiaries - 6

Employment Created - 6




Contact Details

  • Telephone 01246 217200