South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed £200m of government grant funding to help generate thousands of jobs and improve rural businesses.
The latest round of Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funding includes £30m to improve rural broadband, £45m to help rural businesses expand and invest in new equipment, and £120m for projects that improve farm productivity.
The funding is expected to generate 6,750 new jobs, and is part of planned investment of £3.5bn into rural economies by 2020 under the RDPE.
Mr Dunne said: "This is really welcome investment for rural communities in England like South Shropshire.
Rural Development Programme for England grant funding of £200m will unlock future growth and help deliver thriving rural businesses, which will lead to more jobs in our community.
Applications for funding for reservoirs and forestry equipment open this week, with funding for broadband projects, rural business support, on-farm food processing, arable and horticultural productivity opening later this year. A further £6.6m will be available for animal health and welfare projects.
I encourage businesses in the Ludlow Constituency to review the grant criteria and see if they could benefit from investment and support."
More information, including details of how to apply, can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme.