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Priority 2 - Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification

Funds under this priority will be used to provide grants for:  

  • developing or starting rural micro and small business

  • farm diversification projects (for example, farm shops, contracting services using technologies that are eligible under priority 1a or 1b)


State aid rules 

De minimis state aid regulations mean that a maximum of €200,000 (currently around £145,000) of public funds is available to any one applicant in any rolling period of three financial years.  If an applicant has had other public funding, this may count towards the de minimis aid amount and reduce the amount of money they can apply for from LEADER. 

Please note: Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside Stewardship payments do NOT count towards the de minimis limit.   

State Aid - Detailed Guidance (external website)  
 

Guidance and eligibility 

For further guidance and eligibility, please refer to the CWWW LEADER Applicant Handbook. You can download a copy of this document by using the link below:

CWWW LEADER applicant handbook (pdf 746kb opens in new window)

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