Farm Diversification Funding for Cumbria

Jonathan Hird

H&H Land & Estates is encouraging local organisations to apply for an exciting opportunity to gain funding for farm diversification, community and social enterprises, new business start-ups and micro-business expansion.

The fund is offering between £2,500 and £20,000 to eligible businesses and applicants who can apply for funds to cover up to 40% of the project's costs.  Eligibility is for various types of organisations and includes farmers that fit specifically within the following criteria:

  • Farm businesses diversifying into non-standard farming or adding value to a product.
  • Farmers and their immediate family to diversify into non-farming activity.

The fund, managed by The Cumbria Fells and Dales and Solway Border and Eden Local Action Group, has secured an extension allowing returned funds to be reallocated to new projects and is now in a position to launch a Call for Projects under Priority 2 – Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification.

Jonathan Hird, Chartered Surveyor for H&H Land & Estates, sees the fund as a real opportunity for farming communities in eligible areas to secure funding for their new business ideas:

“This funding pot exists to maximise the benefits to the local area so we would encourage all agri-businesses to take full advantage of the funds available to them in order to invest in farm diversification, provide alternative income streams and also allow investment into your existing farming business.

“Any farmer considering diversifying is advised to check if they are eligible and if so, put in an Expression of Interest (EOI) application as the funds on offer really can make a big difference. Once the EOI application has been reviewed, you will be invited forward to do a full application if your EOI is deemed to be eligible.”

Jonathan Hird, Chartered Surveyor, H&H Land & Estates

Further details about how to apply can be found at  The deadline for Expression of Interest is 12 noon on Tuesday 14th January 2020 with a deadline for full applications of Wednesday 25th March 2020. The timescales are very tight, therefore we would advise not to delay in submitting an Expression of Interest application.


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