Support for rural businesses to grow

Posted on: Friday 20 May 2022
Elderberry wine
A project aimed at increasing the amount of locally-produced food is offering grants to rural businesses to help them diversify. 

The Food4Growth programme in Torfaen has another six £10,000 grants available to local food businesses with innovative ideas of how to add value to their produce, and help create new sustainable food networks.

Earlier this year, three grants were awarded to companies including Joe and Jennie Tunley, from Blaen Y Cwm Farm, in Cwmbran, who applied for a funding to develop Twmbarlwm Elderflower Wine, a new business venture growing and making the wine on the farm.  

Other successful applicants included Ty Poeth Farm, in New Inn, which applied for a grant to create pick-your-own events, including pumpkins for Halloween, and the development of a strawberry field, sunflower maze and poly tunnel to grow local vegetables. 

And Cream of the Crop, a local fruit and vegetable delivery service in Cwmbran, which applied for funding to develop a marketing campaign to support the Healthy Start NHS schemes and encourage eating healthy.

Applications for the new grants must be received by Friday 10 June. For an application pack or more information, please contact Nikki Williams, Rural Development Manager on 01495 742147 or email

The Food4Growth project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

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