What is RDPE?
The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is a £3.9 billion, seven year (2007-13) rural investment programme jointly funded by the European Union and United Kingdom, through the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), which aims to:
• Safeguard and enhance the rural environment
• Improve the competitiveness of the agriculture sector
• Foster sustainable and thriving rural businesses and economies
The programme is administered by Defra and the East Midlands region received £12 million which is to be delivered through the community led, bottom up, “LEADER approach”
Out of the national LEADER project we are one of only seven Local Action Groups in the East Midlands to have secured funding and represent the southernmost part of the region. The remaining Groups include two in Derbyshire, three in Lincolnshire and one in Nottinghamshire.