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The second round of the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) is now open for applications from South and Vale based organisations.

REPF offers up to £75,000 of capital funding for projects that help to improve productivity and strengthen the rural economy and rural communities. Funding categories are:
  • Capital grants for small scale investment in micro and small enterprises in rural areas
  • Capital grants for growing the local social economy and supporting innovation
  • Capital grants for investment in capacity building and infrastructure support for local civil society and community groups

Important information - please read

The application window will close at midday on Monday 1 July.

Please read our Grants Policy, Standard Conditions and Capital Expenditure documents on our South and Vale websites for full information on the REPF grant scheme.

The application process for REPF is reasonably complex and will take time to complete. Support with the application process will be available from the Economic Development team throughout the six week application window and we invite queries to be sent to

Projects must be located in an eligible area as defined through DEFRA’s Magic Maps. While most areas in South and Vale are included as eligible, there are notable exceptions in areas of Abingdon, Shippon and Culham. We advise applicants to contact us for assistance in checking area eligibility before considering an application.

The following organisations are able to apply for funding:

  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Public sector organisations
  • Higher and further education institutions
  • Private sector companies
  • Registered charities
  • Constituted community based organisations
  • Social enterprises like CIC’s
  • Arms-length bodies of government

Eligible projects

Examples of eligible projects can be found in our South and Vale infographics.

Which documents will I need to apply?

Before applying, please ensure you have the following documents (alongside your project details).

We're asking applicants to submit a significant amount of evidence up front as this helps to speed up our assessment process, giving us all the information we require to accurately assess applications, recommend decisions and award eligible projects. 

  • Documentation in the organisation’s name, showing the postcode
  • Charites will need to provide their constitution
  • Businesses must provide evidence they are trading
  • Evidence of property ownership or landlord’s permission for project
  • Planning permission, if applicable
  • A copy of your organisation's bank statements (no more than 3 months old)
  • A budget breakdown for the project
  • Quotes for your project costs 
  • Evidence of secured match funding for the project (if applicable)
  • Evidence of how any remaining project costs will be funded

For full details on the scheme and to apply, click on the links below.

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