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Malvern Hills Rural Fund

In this section you will find the following information:

The Malvern Hills Rural Fund is back open for one final round

If you can see a great opportunity to start or grow your business then the Malvern Hills Rural Fund may be able help you achieve your goal.

The Fund is now open and encouraging applications from £2,500 up to £25,000 from businesses throughout rural Malvern Hills District.

Please use the links below to find out more.

What is the Malvern Hills Rural Fund

Who can apply?

What types of projects does the fund support?

Where should my project take place?

How much can I apply for?

How can I apply?

What are the timescales?

Who can I contact for more information?

What is the Malvern Hills Rural Fund?

The Malvern Hills Rural Fund is being delivered by Malvern Hills District Council. The aim of the fund is to facilitate businesses to address issues and barriers to growth, particularly those associated with being in a rural area.

The funding comes from the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Who can apply?

Any organisation with legal status can receive funding, including:

  • Micro enterprises should have less than 10 employees and an annual turnover under €2 million, and small enterprises should have less than 50 employees and an annual turnover under €10 million.
  • voluntary organisations
  • registered charities
  • local authorities
  • public sector organisations
  • higher and further education institutions

Please note we cannot support projects that have received funding from other Defra schemes, including:

 

What types of projects does the fund support?

We are looking to support new capital projects (something physical like a new piece of equipment or machinery) that bring something new to your business. They must represent good value for money and be able to be completed by December 2024. We cannot fund staff costs, general operating expenses or services you are legally required to provide.

Please refer to our pdf MH Outputs and Outcomes Guidance (opens in a new window)to determine where your project sits regarding the Malvern Hills Rural Fund.

Supporting Rural Enterprise

Due to the tight timescales of this round we are looking for projects that can be delivered quickly, and must be able to be delivered by the end of 2024. The Rural Fund welcomes projects for purchase of capital items that will assist start-up, growth, development and job creation. 

The following types of project will be supported:

  1. Purchase of capital items to start, grow and develop the business offer of micro and small rural businesses and farm diversifications, for example:          
    • Gardening equipment that would increase the services offered by a business.
    • A horsebox to provide catering at events selling food made using farm produce from the business.
  2. Community enterprises projects that will make a direct contribution to the local economy, for example:
    • Fit out of a community shop.
  3. Development and promotion of the visitor economy, for example:
    • Updating a visitor attraction to make it more accessible to a wider audience.

Please note we are not accepting applications from projects relating to building work or needing any form of planning permission during this round. 

Projects should not have already started before being approved for funding.

If you need more information or have a project that you are confident that can be delivered by December 2024 please contact us for a discussion.

Where should my project take place?

The project must be delivered in a rural area within the district of Malvern Hills.  Please refer to Defra's Rural Map to check the project delivery postcode. 

On the left hand side you will see a menu:

  • Click the + to the side of “Administrative Boundaries”.
  • Click the + to the side of “Other Administrative Boundaries”.
  • Select Rural England Prosperity Fund.
  • Enter the project delivery postcode into the top left search box or zoom into the delivery location.
  • Select the “Identify” tool from the options bar at the top (an “i” in a circle).
  • Click on the delivery postcode or area.
  • The box that appears will tell you if your projects is within a rural area.

How much can I apply for?

Capital grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are available.  Applicants will be expected to match fund at least 50% of the project.

How can I apply?

This link will take you to information on the Rural Fund Application Process.

What are the timescales?

Round five- now open

  • Expression of Interest deadline – 10 July 2024
  • Full application deadline – 31 July 2024
  • Appraisal panel in September 2024
  • Projects should take place between October 2024 and December 2024. Projects that have already started are not eligible for funding under the Malvern Hills Rural Fund.

Round Four – closed to new applicants

  • Expression of Interest deadline – 8 April 2024
  • Full application deadline – 13 May 2024
  • Appraisal Panel – 18 July 2024
  • Economy Panel – 18 July 2024
  • Projects must be ready to go and be completed by December 2024

Round Three – closed to new applications

  • Expression of Interest deadline – 23 February 2024
  • Full application deadline – 15 March 2024
  • Appraisal Panel – 8 May 2024
  • Economy Panel – 29 May 2024
  • Projects must be ready to go and be completed by December 2024

Round Three – closed to new applications

  • Expression of Interest deadline – 23 February 2024
  • Full application deadline – 15 March 2024
  • Appraisal Panel – May 2024
  • Economy Panel – May 2024 (projects requesting £2,500 - £10,000 Rural Grant will receive a final decision after this date)
  • Executive Committee – 18 June 2024 (projects requesting £10,001 - £25,000 Rural Grant will receive a final decision after this date)
  • Projects must be ready to go and be completed by December 2024

Round Two – closed to new applications

  • Expression of Interest deadline – 13 November 2023
  • Full application deadline – 9 January 2024
  • Appraisal Panel – 22 February 2024
  • Economy Panel – 7 March 2024 (projects requesting £2,500 - £10,000 Rural Grant will receive a final decision after this date)
  • Executive Committee – 19 March 2024 (projects requesting £10,001 - £25,000 Rural Grant will receive a final decision after this date)
  • Projects must be ready to go and be completed by December 2024

Round One – closed to new applications

  • Expression of Interest deadline – 14 August 2023
  • Full application deadline – 11 September 2023
  • Appraisal Panel – 26 October 2023
  • Economy Panel – 9 November 2023 (projects requesting £2,500 - £10,000 Rural Grant will receive a final decision after this date)
  • Executive Committee – 21 November 2023 (projects requesting £10,001 - £25,000 Rural Grant will receive a final decision after this date)
  • Projects must be ready to go and be completed by December 2024

If you would like to submit an application please refer to the Rural Fund Application Process for guidance on what you will be asked to provide throughout the stages.  If you are unable to provide the required documents by the application deadlines for Round Two it is unlikely that your project will receive a final decision until June 2024. 

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your project.

Future Rounds

Future rounds may be opened up depending on available funding levels.

Contact

UKSPF Programme Support Officer:

Georgie Muckle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 01684 862270.