New funding for rural businesses and communities

Rural businesses and communities can now apply to the West Kent Rural Grants scheme, funded by the Government’s Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF).  

Grants ranging from £2,000 to £25,000 will support rural jobs and improve local facilities. They are capital only, match funding is required and other terms and conditions apply.

Applications will be open from Tuesday 4 July until midnight on Tuesday 15 August 2023.

Cllr Lesley Dyball, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for People and Places says: “We are very excited to have secured Government funding to support our rural businesses and communities. This new source of money will help them grow sustainably, create new jobs and improve community facilities. The window to apply is only open for a few weeks so I would urge anyone interested to get their applications in as soon as possible.”

To find out more about the scheme and to make an application, visit