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Eastern Plateau Rural Development Programme

The Eastern Plateau Programme is a funding initiative for rural communities and businesses in East Hertfordshire, North Hertfordshire, Epping Forest and Uttlesford. The initiative received funding from the Rural Development Programme for England, under the European Commission's Leader programme from 2008 to 2013, and obtained further funding from 2015 to 2020.

Around £2.5m in grants has been given out between 2008-2013, and a further £2.8m allocated from 2015 to date, largely to economic development projects and SMEs, so it represents a substantial grant fund and key opportunity for rural enterprises in the area, particularly for small businesses.

The programme is nearing its completion date at the end of March 2019, when it will cease taking new projects currently in a transition stage, having allocated all the funds available. However, the action group has launched a consultation exercise to understand more about the rural area and the future priorities to help inform the application for the next round of funding.

More information about the project can be found on the East Herts District Council website: Developing the new Eastern Plateau Rural Development Programme 2015-2020.