Rural England Prosperity Fund 

The Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) is a rural top-up to the Government UK Shared Prosperity Fund of £ 2.6 billion launched in April 2022. Maldon District will receive a £430,328 grant over two years for the 2023 to 2024 period and the 2024 to 2025 period.

The District’s funding will be focused on capital grants for

•    Small-scale investment in micro and small enterprises 

•    Rural circular economy projects

•    Impactful volunteering and social action projects to develop social and human capital in local places

Maldon District Council is working in partnership with the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) to deliver this funding as the core of a new initiative to ‘Strengthen and Improve Productivity in Rural Economies and Communities’ (SIP-REC), funded by the Nuclear Restoration Services. 

To make an application, please read the Applicant Guidance before completing the relevant form. 

Please submit an expression of interest in the first instance, for all grant requests over £20,000.

•              Expression of Interest - any applications over £20,000

•              Supporting Rural Communities Application Form

•              Supporting Rural Businesses Application Form

If you have any questions, please contact Philip Wilson at

Essex Rivers LEADER programme

RCCE delivered the Essex Rivers LEADER programme in conjunction with a Local Action Group between 2015 and 2021. It was one of 80 local LEADER programmes delivered across approximately 85% of rural England.

The Essex Rivers programme provided over £1.6 million in funding to support business diversification and growth across a substantial part of rural Essex. This funding enabled local rural businesses to create 74 FTE new jobs.

LEADER is a European Union funded programme so will not be available in the United Kingdom in future.