Rural Business Grants Programme

Rother and Wealden Rural Business Grants Programme

*Due to high demand, this programme has paused to new applicants. Please email to be notified if the programme reopens in 2024*

The Rural Business Grants Programme delivers grants to rural Small or Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) in the Rother and Wealden district areas. This grant is not open to businesses located in Bexhill, Polegate and Stonecross.

Businesses can apply for grants of up to 50% of the cost of capital projects. The programme will be divided between two separate pots of funding:

  • Small Grants from £2,500 to £15,000
  • Large Grants from £15,000 to £35,000

Capital projects could include farm diversification projects outside of agriculture, property adaptations, creation and expansion of rural leisure and tourism businesses, new equipment, machinery and commercial vehicles.

The programme is funded by the UK Government as part of the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) through allocations received by Rother District Council and Wealden District Council. It is delivered by East Sussex County Council.

For full details of project eligibility, please view the Rural Business Grants Programme guidance and eligibility.

Please email your interest and contact details to