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Rural Swale Small Business Grant Scheme

We have set up a grant scheme to support small rural businesses to:

  • make small capital investments to support growth and carbon reduction measures
  • or support capital projects which help develop the local visitor economy

This project is funded by the UK government through the Rural Economic Prosperity Fund (REPF).

Who can apply

For the purposes of this grant, the investment should be outside the principal urban areas of the Borough and within one of the following wards:

  • Bobbing, Iwade and Lower Halstow
  • Borden and Grove Park
  • Boughton and Courtenay
  • East Downs
  • Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch
  • Sheppey Central
  • Sheppey East
  • Teynham and Lynsted
  • West Downs

What you can apply for

Examples of projects include:

  • Investments which support carbon reduction and support the future financial and environmental sustainability of the business
  • Improving or creating business or visitor accommodation, venues and facilities that support the rural economy
  • The purchase of new equipment that support business growth and productivity, for non-farmer owned businesses.

If you would like further advice on this scheme and how it will be applied, please contact the Economic Development Programme and Strategic Asset Management team at

How to apply

Please make sure that you read the guidance notes (PDF 372KB) for the grant scheme before you apply, to understand the full criteria for the scheme.

If the grant scheme becomes oversubscribed, we may close the grant scheme early to new applications.

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